11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then don't miss a visit to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Akaslompolo is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Akaslompolo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for little chillier days in Akaslompolo, with highs around -5°C, while nights are colder with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 24th (Tue), have fun at Action Park, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip site .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip builder app .

You can drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In December in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. On your second day here, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Aurinkolahti Beach. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Kallahdenniemi Beach. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey builder .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Spas

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