12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Pittsburgh

2
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning app .

Pittsburgh, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in December, you will find days in Helsinki are slightly colder (37°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli. On your second day here, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and then hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Lieksa with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Lieksa to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): see Santa Claus Office, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Marttiinin.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lieksa in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi holiday planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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