16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tornio
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 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.
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, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip itinerary maker.

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi tour app.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.
When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Inari, approximately Inari away. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 6th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi road trip tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rukatunturi in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Spas · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Tornio

— 1 night
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): cast your line with Nordic Safaris and then get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tornio road trip app.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Tornio in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Adventure · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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 wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Tornio to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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."