16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Otsamo Fell & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Saariselka is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Saariselka. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Saariselka at 21°F and lows at 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 28th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Ruka and then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach 20°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Helsinki

— 4 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rukatunturi to Helsinki. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rukatunturi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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."