8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Helsinki. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi attractions tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 30th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally stroll through Kids' Land.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Levi route builder website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.