12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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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: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning website.

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newport News to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler 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 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Juutua Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Levi trip website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."