12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Museums
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Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
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 6th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi day trip planning website .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 8th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Levi to Mustasaari. Traveling from Levi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Mustasaari: highs are around 32°F and lows about 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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.
Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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