8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Pien. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Juan to Helsinki. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then have fun at Action Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and then have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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