20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour builder

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 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.
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, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Madurai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Madurai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madurai in January, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Spend the 7th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kids' Land, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip maker site.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Otsamo Fell, Tuula's Reindeer, &more). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. And it doesn't end there: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then fly down the slopes at Ruka, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, and then shop like a local with Pentik Hill.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi route planner.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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."