17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Kemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours as well as Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip maker website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Saariselka is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul to Saariselka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get colder in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi journey builder app.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Fun & Games
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Sampo Icebreaker and then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kemi itinerary planner.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Kemi sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums
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Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) ©
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

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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.
Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kemi in December, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral