12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planning tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from London in January: highs in Helsinki hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rukatunturi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Rukatunturi with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Rukatunturi to be little chillier, temps between -11°C and -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

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 27th (Thu), look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm. On the next day, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Levi

— 3 nights
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: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). Spend the 30th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker app.

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 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation maker app.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."