8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online itinerary planner.

Leeds, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Leeds in February, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Levi, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 11th (Fri), trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in February, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

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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."