9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, Helsinki is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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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 25th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rovaniemi trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. February in Levi sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

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Lapland travel guide

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.