8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 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 17th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour planner.

San Antonio, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Antonio to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at 30°F and lows at 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planning site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner.

Fly from Levi to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in March: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

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.