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: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Rome

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rome, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches Outdoors 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 1st (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online holiday builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In January, Levi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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