10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary builder

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office, then get a dose of the wild on Tatuka Reindeerfarm, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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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 21st (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°F in Saariselka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

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You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday website.

You can fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Turku at 34°F and lows at 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planning site.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."