12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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
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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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Newport News, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Newport News to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Newport News, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

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 6th (Sat): trek along Juutua Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around 27°F and lows about 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

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 8th (Mon): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Levi road trip tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Levi, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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."