9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Dubai

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bellevue Beach and Aurlahti Beach. Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip 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. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Safartica Yllas and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Spend the 14th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Levi day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Ranua Zoo.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ranua online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Levi to Ranua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.