8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Austin

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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: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planner.

Austin, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Helsinki is 8 hours. In January, Helsinki is colder than Austin - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 16°F and lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums
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Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Seven Fells Up and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Akaslompolo is slightly colder at night with lows of -2°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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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."