13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Stuttgart, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stuttgart to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Stuttgart in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 5th (Wed), take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi holiday planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Arctic Husky Farm and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Luosto Adventures and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Luosto trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rukatunturi to Luosto in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -13°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Luosto to Saariselka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safartica Yllas and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Levi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Levi - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."