24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Vaasa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park, Santa Claus Reindeer and Arctic Circle Information. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rovaniemi Church and Christmas House Santa. Visiting Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip builder site.

Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and Kids' Land. Change things up with a short trip to Akaslompolo Sportshop in Akaslompolo (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, soothe aching muscles at Levi Wellness Club, and find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Levi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary website.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Vaasa

— 6 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Hietasaaren uimaranta and Neristan (Old Wooden Town). Salgrund Pilot Station and Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Wolf Cave (in Karijoki), Seinajoki (Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, Etela-Pohjanmaan Traktorimuseo, &more) and Kristiinankaupunki (Ulrika Eleonora Church, Carlsro Museum, &more). Spend the 21st (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ojberget, examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum, steep yourself in history at Stromso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huutoniemen kirkko.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Vaasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Vaasa: highs are around 35°F and lows about 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Vepsa Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, Marela Museum House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Kids will enjoy Bellevue Beach and Johannes Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Lohja (Liessaari Nature- & Wellness Trail, Aurlahti Beach, &more), Hanko (Tulliniemi Nature Path, Hanko Seaside Spa, &more) and St. Peter's Church (in Siuntio). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online day trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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."