9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

4
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.
Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok to Helsinki, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kemi visit planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kemi at -3°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip site .

Traveling by train from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) 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

1
night
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): go for a walk through Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and finally deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning site .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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