8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Munich

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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Munich, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Munich to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 9th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get your game on at Portaali VR, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Spas Historic Sites
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio attractions planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Historic Sites Nature
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
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 11th (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Kid's Land, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then make a trip to Snow Village, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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