12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): trek along Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Snow Village, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally go for a walk through Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

Before you visit Levi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 25th (Tue): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Turku hover around 34°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

5
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.
Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

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Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Naurusaari Indoor Playground
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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