12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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

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Joensuu

— 4 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli & Ukko-Koli Hill). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Joensuu trip planner.

In February, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joensuu in February: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in February, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In February, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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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."