6 days in Finland Itinerary

6 days in Finland Itinerary

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6 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
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 3rd (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Levi online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Levi reach 15°F and lows reach -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Winter Sports Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): have fun at Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary website .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 6°F in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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