11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

Seoul, South Korea to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seoul in January: highs in Helsinki hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, stop by Naantali Old Town, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then surround yourself with nature on Lapland Safaris Saariselka, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Traveling by flight from Turku to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kids' Land and Icekarting Levi. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, take an exotic tour of Wingrens Dogsafaris, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and finally try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

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."