16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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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: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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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.
When in Levi, make a side trip to see Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi, approximately Yllasjarvi away. Spend the 30th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder site.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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."