14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus Office. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Bologna, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bologna to Rovaniemi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bologna in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka and then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Wildlife

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 25th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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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.
Kids will enjoy Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Levi visit app.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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."