12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pyhatunturi and see Pyha-Luosto National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, see the top attractions with Feelapland, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than Sydney - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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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."