8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Helsinki
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia



— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Helsinki. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in January, with highs in Helsinki at 26°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo vacation tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Akaslompolo to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°F and 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then see Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in February, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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."