9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Milan

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Milan in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Snow Village, and then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Levi are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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