12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli & Ukko-Koli Hill). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Joensuu. In February, daytime highs in Joensuu are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

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, nightlife, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Joensuu in February; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

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 18th (Fri), 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 next day: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saariselka route maker tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in February, with lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

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.
On the 20th (Sun), make a trip to Senate Square, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in February, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -3°C.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

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."