12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route builder tool.

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newport News to Helsinki. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newport News in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): hike along Juutua Nature Trail and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Sun), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary site.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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."