11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranua Zoo and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rovaniemi trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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 31st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Levi route tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel route planner.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Lapland travel guide

3.9
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.