5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 26th (Sun): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka attractions planning site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Saariselka, with highs around -7°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums
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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."