15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
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 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then make a trip to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Koli National Park: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Snow Village, look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. On your second day here, ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Akaslompolo when traveling from Koli National Park in December, with lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 26th (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip maker site .

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Adventure Winter Sports

Side Trip

Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

3
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 28th (Sat): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online vacation planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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