8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  15​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki attractions app .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in December, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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