15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Kansallisgalleria. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and visit Katajanokka.

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

San Jose, Costa Rica to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Jose in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
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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.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Safartica Yllas. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Seven Fells Up in Akaslompolo, approximately Akaslompolo away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Levi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Ruijanpolku Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. There's more to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
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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."