12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  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), get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip app.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
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): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally make a trip to Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Levi itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Adventure Parks

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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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

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

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri, then relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get your game on at Moomin World. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, then get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Parks 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. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off 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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