11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Milan

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online visit planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in February, with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."