9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Inari
— 1 night
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Kansallisgalleria and Design Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool.

Denver, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Helsinki is 9 hours. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler 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) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Inari online day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Inari at 15°F and lows at 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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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 9th (Wed): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip website.

Fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°F, and evening lows to -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around 6°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

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.