17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Rovaniemi is cooler than Dubai - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Saariselka

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip site.

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in February since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. February in Levi sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

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Traveling by flight from Levi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in February; daily highs in Tampere reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Turun Taidehalli, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town.

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You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Paavolan Tammi. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip website.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

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."