18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
5
Levi
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Boston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along King's Road, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online attractions planner .

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Helsinki is 7 hours. In January, Helsinki is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

King's Road, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Room Escape Games

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get little chillier in Koli National Park: highs are around 18°F and lows about 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°F in Kuusamo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally have fun at Action Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka holiday planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ice Karting Levi and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. There's still lots to do: gain insight at Kid's Land, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi online holiday planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Akaslompolo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 14°F during the day and -2°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and LAURI. Take a break from the city and head to Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Syvasenvaara Fell. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and have fun at Santa Claus Office.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°F in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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