7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, stroll through Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 14th (Tue): hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Thu), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku road trip planning website.

You can fly from Saariselka to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Turku is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Tours
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · 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."