15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Rovaniemi. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than Istanbul - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Museums
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luosto online vacation maker.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Luosto, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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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.
Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Old Market Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be much warmer, around -3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral