13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route maker

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Pittsburgh International Airport

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Pittsburgh, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in January, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 17°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, take a memorable tour with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rukatunturi itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Rukatunturi with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Rukatunturi reach 15°F and lows reach 2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 8th (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°F in January, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour planning site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 13th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and -1°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."