12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

4
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Levi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Safaris, Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi attractions site.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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