9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Rome

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 outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Bring the kids along to Beach Mansikkalahti and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and find something for the whole family at Adventure Park Zippy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planning website .

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Helsinki. While traveling from Rome, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Heureka, Beach Mansikkalahti, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Heureka ©
Heureka
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Snow Village. Take a break from the city and head to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Levi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online travel planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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