11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Philadelphia

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Helsinki

— 3 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, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

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Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

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 20th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker app.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ivalo trip website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Ivalo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Ivalo dip to 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Ivalo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Levi

— 3 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 24th (Fri): stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip planner.

You can fly from Ivalo to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Adventure · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Finland travel guide

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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."