8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  16 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Toronto

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. In January, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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 29th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari vacation planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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