19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Turku Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Cathedral). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In January, Helsinki is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Savonlinna is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ruka. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -19°C in Kuusamo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Juutua Nature Trail about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Saariselka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Seven Fells Up. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icekarting Levi. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's more to do: have fun at Kids' Land and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Levi, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."