9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker site.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki. Traveling from Milan in February, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 26th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

Discover how to plan a Saariselka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in February, with highs in Saariselka at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Winter Sports
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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.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi attractions planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
On the 1st (Fri), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -9°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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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.