11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
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Kemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planning website.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Kemi

— 3 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Icebreaker Sampo has been added to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Nordic Safaris and Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church and tour along fresh powder with Kemi SnowCastle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Helsinki to Kemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Kemi reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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.
Attractions like Santa Claus Village and Napapiirin Porofarmi make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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 30th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is little chillier at night with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Levi online route planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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."