22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Fly to Kemi-Tornio Airport, Drive to Tornio
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Tornio
— 1 day
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pello
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 4 nights

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Tornio

— 1 day
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): cast your line with Nordic Safaris and then get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tornio trip planner.

Helsinki to Tornio is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Tornio hover around -7°C and lows are around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Arctic Husky Farm in Pelkosenniemi (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online route planner.

Getting from Tornio to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Pello.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Pello

— 2 nights
Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Maupertuis Memorial and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Soulmate Huskies.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Pello road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pello takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pello, with lows of -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pello

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of Levi with an excursion to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: stroll through Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Pello to Levi in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip app.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi journey website.

Getting from Saariselka to Rukatunturi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January in Rukatunturi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

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 17th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park journey planner.

Drive from Rukatunturi to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rukatunturi in January since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip app.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

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."