16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

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, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Action Park, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Arktikum, Gold Prospector Museum
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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 to go to Kittila and see Snow Village, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online vacation planner .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get outside with Karhunkierros, hit the slopes at Ruka, then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pentik Hill.

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Traveling by flight from Levi to Kuusamo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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), see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Kuusamo to Lieksa in 5 hours. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, Lieksa is a bit warmer at night with lows of -14°C. Finish 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: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Helsinki. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lieksa in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -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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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape

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