5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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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 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally stop by Marttiini Senaatintori. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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 22nd (Wed): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Fri), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Finland travel guide

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."