19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get advice or help at Turku City Library. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku online attractions planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka and then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 23°F and lows are around 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wingrens Dogsafaris. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ranua Zoo and Rovaniemi Church. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°F in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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."