36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuorgam
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tornio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
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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, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in January, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:

Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in February: high temperatures in Koli National Park hover around -3°C and lows are around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 10:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rukatunturi trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rukatunturi, with lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Pyhatunturi and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Husky Farm.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip builder site.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Otsamo Fell, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and hike along Ruijanpolku Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Nuorgam.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Nuorgam

— 1 night
Nuorgam is a village in the Utsjoki municipality in the region of Lapland, Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): cast your line with Alma Arktika.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nuorgam trip tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Nuorgam in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saariselka to Nuorgam. Traveling from Saariselka in February, Nuorgam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Levi.

Things to do in Nuorgam

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Levi

— 6 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 20th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Nuorgam to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nuorgam to Levi. Traveling from Nuorgam in February, plan for little chillier nights in Levi, with lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 24:

Tornio

— 2 nights
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kukkolankoski and then see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then try out the rides at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tornio trip tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Tornio takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Tornio are -4°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pello (Maupertuis Memorial & Ski Resort Ritavalkea). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire all the interesting features of Napapiirin Porofarmi, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip website.

Drive from Tornio to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 5:

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."