8 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Oulu Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Oulu Itinerary

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Helsinki — 2 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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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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 15th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -5°C and -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Rovaniemi — 1 night

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

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You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.
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Oulu — 1 night

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip website.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Lapland travel guide

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.