15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 10 nights
Fly
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

— 10 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Turku Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and The Aalto House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa), Turku (Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, Turku Biological Museum, &more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aurlahti Beach, stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 14th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then step off the mainland to explore Perameren Kansallispuisto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tornion vesitorni.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kemi trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Kemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 15th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ranua vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Ranua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Levi

— 1 night
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 16th (Thu): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, and then explore and take pictures at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Trails · Outdoors
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 17th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inari are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Lapland travel guide

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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.