18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey maker

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Kimito Island
— 1 night
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Kuhmo
— 2 nights
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Kimito Island

— 1 night
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik gard and then stroll through Oro.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Kimito Island is an approximately 28-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Kimito Island is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Kimito Island to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pielisen Museum and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park day trip tool.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Koli National Park in 7.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kimito Island in December, with highs in Koli National Park at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Kuhmo

— 2 nights
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Boreal Wildlife Centre. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Wild Taiga.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuhmo trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuhmo in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Hossa National Park and Syote Ski & Nature Resort. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Kuusamo in December, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Visiting Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and Kids' Land will get you outdoors. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Lappi Areena. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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."