16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: St. Petersburg
Drive:  12 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: St. Petersburg

2
nights
Rovaniemi

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary site.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Saariselka

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.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arktikum, Gold Prospector Museum, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of Levi with an excursion to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Levi travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Karhunkierros, hit the slopes at Ruka, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Kuusamo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Pentik Hill
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 20th (Mon), examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, then fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Uhrihalkeama.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Lieksa takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lieksa when traveling from Kuusamo in January, with lows around -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
 Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen ©
Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Helsinki. Traveling from Lieksa in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape

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