11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 day
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Charlotte


3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Get outdoors at Korkeasaari Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, make a trip to Senate Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel planner .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Helsinki. While traveling from Charlotte, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°F and 1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Trails Parks
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
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 2nd (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to 6°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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