8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Heureka in Vantaa--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 12th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

Start your trip to Levi by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Levi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.