21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rantasalmi
— 1 night
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip planner.

Shanghai, China to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Rovaniemi is minus 6 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Shanghai in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 3rd (Thu), look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Trails · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Fri), hit the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along Pielinen, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -15°C in Koli National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Rantasalmi

— 1 night
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rantasalmi online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -9°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Mustasaari

— 1 day
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Rantasalmi to Mustasaari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rantasalmi in January: high temperatures in Mustasaari hover around -4°C and lows are around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get your game on at Moomin World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel route planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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 Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Helsinki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

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."