18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

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 when traveling from London to Helsinki 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 21st (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Otsamo Fell & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's lots more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 28th (Tue), stroll through Ruka and then get outside with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rukatunturi holiday maker tool.

Getting from Saariselka to Rukatunturi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December in Rukatunturi, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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 museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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."