6 days in Finland Itinerary

6 days in Finland Itinerary

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6 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Kemi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h
End: Shanghai

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night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip site .

Shanghai, China to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Shanghai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 26th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, then get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kemi sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Saariselka to Kemi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saariselka in January since evenings lows in Kemi dip to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©
Tornion vesitorni ©
Tornion vesitorni

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route planner .

Take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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