8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 6th (Mon): stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip site.

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Barcelona to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks
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Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Venture out of the city with trips to Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 7th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Levi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Levi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.