9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
train + foot + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  22​h 30​min
End: Denver

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Let the collections at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa to see Stromforsin ruukki about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool .

Denver, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Helsinki. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Siida and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 15°F and lows about 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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 9th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi trip builder website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around 6°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Tours, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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