15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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 historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Zurich - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 27th (Wed), trek along Paha-Koli Hill, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Paalasmaan Surukivi.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In January, Koli National Park is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -9°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 29th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rukatunturi road trip planning website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -19°C in Rukatunturi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

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 30th (Sat): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

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You can drive from Rukatunturi to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akaslompolo: Giewont Husky Adventures (in Kittila), Levi (Elan Ski Shop & Rental, Icekarting Levi, &more) and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm (in Sirkka).

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo tour planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Akaslompolo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Rovaniemi

— 3 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 wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi visit app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."