14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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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 7th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 16°F to lows of 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Safaris Levi. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Levi visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka route builder tool.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Shopping · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kota-Husky and then shop like a local with Pentik Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ruka and then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo travel route planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°F in January, and nighttime lows around 2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Shopping · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Sun), visit Naantali Old Town, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip planning site.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Turku is somewhat warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 27°F and lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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 18th (Tue): look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."