14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour builder.

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

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 25th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Saariselka are little chillier (-7°C), and nights are much colder (-17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Levi

— 3 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 a short trip to Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

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."