8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki route site .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Inari are a bit cooler (-7°C), and nights are cooler (-17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm

1
night
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 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Levi itinerary builder .

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
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 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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