19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip website.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In January, Helsinki is little chillier than Paris - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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 wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rukatunturi vacation planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Arctic Husky Farm and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi itinerary website.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Otsamo Fell). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and trek along Ruijanpolku Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Akaslompolo to see Seven Fells Up about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 24th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

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."