8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder tool.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Helsinki is 1 hour. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi route planner.

Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see where the action happens at Lappi Areena and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.