10 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Katajanokka and Spas & Wellness. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Heureka in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kallahdenniemi Beach, take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. In December, Helsinki is colder than Dubai - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Levi.
Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Levi — 2 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.
Trails · Adventure · Parks · Winter Sports
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Saariselka — 2 nights

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Turku.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails
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Turku — 2 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.