12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
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: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary site.

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newport News to Helsinki. Traveling from Newport News in January, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around -9°C, while days are cooler, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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 31st (Mon): hike along Juutua Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

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 2nd (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi online journey planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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 4th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

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."