11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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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 8th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dublin in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
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Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
On the 9th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Pyhatunturi when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature · Parks
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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 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Levi online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and cruise along King's Road.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Levi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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."