7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
4
Turku
— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Levi Ski Resort.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Levi travel route planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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 3rd (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka route maker tool.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Turku is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."