12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your trip
Nuuksio National Park ©
National Park
Nuuksio National Park
4.7

3
nights
Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Visiting Ukko-Koli and Neitikoski Rapids will get you outdoors. Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Koli National Park at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
Ukko-Koli ©
Ski Area
Ukko-Koli
4.8
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Hiking Trail
Paha-Koli Hill
5.0
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Hiking Trail
Akka-Koli Hill
5.0

2
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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Levi journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Levi with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip
Levi Ski Resort ©
Must see
Levi Ski Resort
4.4
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Ski Area
Yllas Ski Resort
4.1

2
nights
Rovaniemi

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 2nd (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi visit planning app.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your trip
Arktikum ©
History Museum
Arktikum
4.1
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Safari
Safaris
4.4

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