11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Leeds, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Leeds to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Leeds in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Step out of Levi to go to Akaslompolo and see Seven Fells Up, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 11th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, head outdoors with Lapland Safaris Levi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip maker tool.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in February, with highs in Levi at -5°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

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 13th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Saariselka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour along fresh powder with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi trip website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. In February in Rukatunturi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:

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.
On the 16th (Wed), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

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."