12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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 24th (Tue), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 26th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Lapland Safaris Levi and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure
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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Otsamo Fell in Inari--about 1h 5 min away.

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Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): hit the slopes at Ruka and then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mannerheim Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

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."