43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
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Pello
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 6 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 6 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 Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, approximately Pyhatunturi away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, experience rural life at Orbas Reindeer Farm, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour builder website.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in February, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 22°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Pello.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:

Pello

— 2 nights
Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Maupertuis Memorial, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Soulmate Huskies, and then work some fitness into your day at Eeron Polku Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pello trip maker app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Pello in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Pello can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pello

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Akaslompolo (Seven Fells Up & Safaris). Spend the 10th (Wed) 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, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pello to Levi takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Levi are 24°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rukatunturi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in February, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Step out of Koli National Park to go to Juuka and see Paalasmaan Surukivi, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park route planner.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in February, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hameenlinna (Palander House, Ahvenisto, &more). There's much more to do: test the waters at Tullin Sauna, shop like a local with Vitikkala Manor, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and examine the collection at Jokioinen Museum Railway.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 3:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: ArtBank (in Pargas) and Rauma (Marela Museum House, Ruokapuoti Lumo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, walk around Kupittaa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online tour planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Turku, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 9:

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 15:

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."