22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Kemi
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Taipei

7
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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Head to Old Market Hall and Artisaanifor plenty of shopping. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Bellevue Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online road trip planner .

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Taipei to Helsinki. Traveling from Taipei in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Vantaa, Spas, Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park, Inkoon kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Appreciate the collections at Raahe Museum and Tietomaa. Kauppahalli and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Haukipudas Church (in Haukipudas), Oulu (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, Toripolliisi, & more) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kemi sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Kemi: highs are around -3°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oulu, Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Safaris and Jemes Sport will get you outdoors. Visit Maupertuis Memorial and German Soldier s Cemetery for their historical value. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla), Samiland (in Sirkka) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and have fun at Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum - Gallery Alariesto, Maupertuis Memorial, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Samiland, Jemes Sport
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Jemes Sport ©
Jemes Sport

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saariselka vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Saariselka is slightly colder at night with lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get in touch with nature at Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip website .

Drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inari are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church