19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from New York City in January: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 16°F, while lows dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 17th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Levi tour app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°F in Levi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip tool.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 1°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally soothe aching muscles at Rukaland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ruka.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rukatunturi sightseeing app.

Drive from Saariselka to Rukatunturi in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to 2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): trek along Paha-Koli Hill, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, then make a trip to Paateri, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Paalasmaan Surukivi.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rukatunturi in January since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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."