22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Charleston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charleston to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. In January, Rovaniemi is cooler than Charleston - with highs of 16°F and lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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4
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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 9th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tundra Huskies Husky Safaris, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Levi driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -1°F in Levi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Inari is known for museums, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and trek along Juutua Nature Trail.

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Fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inari are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

2
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Rukatunturi

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then trot along with Wanha Raatesalmi, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Kuusamo, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rukatunturi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Inari to Rukatunturi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around 2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

3
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Koli National Park

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Rukatunturi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°F in Koli National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

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Helsinki

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, meet the residents at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Koli National Park - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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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."