22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Drive + Fly:  19 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
3
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Jalasjarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
End: Rochester

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online route planner .

Rochester, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. When traveling from Rochester in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 16°F by day to 6°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Theme Parks Museums
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Levi, with lows around -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Safaris

3
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Koli (Koli Nature Centre Ukko & Koli Shop Retkitupa) and Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, and take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lieksa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Levi to Lieksa. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Lieksa dip to 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Jalasjarvi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

1
night
Jalasjarvi

Jalasjarvi ©
Jalasjärvi is a former municipality of Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pirunpesa. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pirunpesa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jalasjarvi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Jalasjarvi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Jalasjarvi are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 12°F. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tampere.
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Pirunpesa ©
Pirunpesa

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Palander House). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and get your game on at PortaaliVR.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website .

Drive from Jalasjarvi to Tampere in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Old Church of Keuruu, Vitikkala Manor, Kallenaution Kievari, Holy Cross Church
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Spas

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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