8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Milan

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour planning website .

Milan, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in February; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi online road trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 26th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Saariselka sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in February, with highs in Helsinki at 0°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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