11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Fly to Montreal, Bus to Dorval, Train to Ottawa

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. While traveling from Ottawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of -10°C to lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). Spend the 27th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Levi route planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

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

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour along fresh powder with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rukatunturi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rukatunturi in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

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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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Rukatunturi to Helsinki with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rukatunturi in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."