9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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.
Bring the kids along to Bellevue Beach and Beach Mansikkalahti. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Adventure Park Zippy. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Vantaa to see Heureka about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Beach Mansikkalahti, Heureka, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Heureka ©
Heureka

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Escape the urban bustle at Kids' Land and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -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): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Feelapland, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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