19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Katajanokka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku Castle (in Turku), Naantali Old Town (in Naantali) and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower (in Tampere). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, stroll around Kaisaneimi Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Oulu to be little chillier, temps between -7°C and -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then ride a horse along Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Pentik Hill and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Oulu to Kuusamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Oulu in January, things will get little chillier in Kuusamo: highs are around -10°C and lows about -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Urho Kekkonen National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Levi

— 5 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 Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Get in touch with nature at Lapland Safaris Levi and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online attractions planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."