12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly + Train:  7 h 30 min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
6
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Paris

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder tool.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 26th (Wed), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka tour planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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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 28th (Fri): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land, and finally get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi tour planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Sun), see Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see the top attractions with Feelapland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi visit planner.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Theme Parks
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 1st (Tue), fly down the slopes at Ruka, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online trip builder.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

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night
Koli National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Koli National Park when traveling from Kuusamo in January, with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Senate Square, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get your game on at True VR.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route maker app.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
True VR ©
True VR

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