14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 2nd (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Levi, with lows of -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trips

Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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