15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's still lots to do: see Santa Claus Office, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-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 Barcelona to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arctic Husky Farm as well as Kopara Reindeer Park. On the 26th (Sun), go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla and then take a memorable tour with Arctic Husky Farm.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Luosto online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Luosto takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saariselka using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ivalo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ivalo trip builder app.

Ivalo is very close to Saariselka. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Inari.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Inari online day trip planner.

Inari is very close to Ivalo. January in Inari sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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 Senate Square. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, stop by Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, and meet the residents at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 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."