12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus to Rovaniemi, Train to Turku
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Turku
— 1 day
Train
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Denver, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in January, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be little chillier, around 6°F, while days are colder, around 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levi road trip planning site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°F in Levi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
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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.
Get outdoors at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get some cultural insight at Gold Prospector Museum and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to 1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Turku

— 1 day
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip app.

You can fly from Saariselka to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in January, with highs in Turku at 27°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take a stroll through Katajanokka, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online road trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods
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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."