8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Inari
— 1 night
End: Inari

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument.

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If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Taatsin seita in Kittila, about 1h 30 min away. On the 12th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saariselka, with lows around -17°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

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Gold Prospector Museum, Taatsin seita
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
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Drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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