8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to London

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Helsinki

— 2 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, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from London in January: highs in Helsinki hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 6th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ranua.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Ranua

— 1 night
To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ranua itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Ranua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rukatunturi trip builder app.

You can drive from Ranua to Rukatunturi in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rukatunturi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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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."