11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Auckland in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online journey planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around -11°C and lows are around -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Santa Claus Office and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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."