12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Hartford

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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 (Tue): experience rural life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): meet the residents at Ranua Zoo and then engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

Plan my trip to Rovaniemi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Hartford, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Hartford to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Hartford in December, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be little chillier, around 11°F, while days are colder, around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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 (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka vacation planner.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ruka and then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and then explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kuusamo in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 30th (Thu), pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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."