16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): walk around Nuuksio National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing website.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Koli National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, make a trip to Paateri, and then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Koli National Park: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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Saariselka

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 2nd (Wed): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Saariselka with the Route module. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saariselka, with lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Step out of the city life by going to Kids' Land and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Levi online tour planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 7th (Mon), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation builder.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Riisitunturi National Park and Kiutakongas Rapids. When in Kuusamo, make a side trip to see Hossa National Park in Suomussalmi, approximately Suomussalmi away. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo journey planning website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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."