24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tornio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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 (Otsamo Fell & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka itinerary planner.

Des Moines, USA to Saariselka is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Saariselka is 8 hours. In December, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Des Moines - with highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 6th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

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.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online route maker.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Tornio

— 2 nights
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. On the 15th (Wed), see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris and then take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley. On your second day here, explore the activities along Kukkolankoski and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

Planning Tornio trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Tornio takes 2 hours. December in Tornio sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tornio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Ukko-Koli, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and then soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen and then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Tornio to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Spas · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Helsinki

— 6 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."