8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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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: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Get out of town with these interesting Akaslompolo side-trips: Levi (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Icekarting Levi, &more).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Akaslompolo is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

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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.
On the 15th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.