11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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You can fly from Turku to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Levi visit website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."