8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Moscow

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Moscow, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach -5°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Levi, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker app .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Akaslompolo in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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