11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take a stroll through Katajanokka, make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Snappertunan kirkko.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip maker .

Bucharest, Romania to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Snappertunan kirkko, Nuuksio National Park, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 1st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. On your second day here, stroll through Ruka and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pentik Hill
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuusamo to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 4th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a stroll through Ullanlinna, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and then make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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