13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chisinau
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h
End: Chisinau

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Office. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip builder .

Chisinau, Moldova to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chisinau in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -9°C and lows reach -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi. Here are some ideas for day two: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi holiday planner .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with highs in Levi at -13°C and lows at -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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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 27th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Saariselka. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -9°C and lows reach -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

6
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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Taidehalli will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Ullanlinna and Temppeliaukion Church. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, browse the different shops at Kamppi Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -1°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church