9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Senate Square will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in December, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (3°C), and nights are little chillier (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Attractions like Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Giewont Husky Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Levi to go to Kolari and see Powerun Adventures, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Bring the kids along to Santa Claus Village and Ranua Zoo. Step out of the city life by going to Tatuka Reindeerfarm and Napapiirin Porofarmi. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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Lapland travel guide

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.