8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport

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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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planner.

Porto, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Porto to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in January, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

Before you visit Rukatunturi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Rukatunturi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rukatunturi hover around -11°C and lows are around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

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 11th (Tue): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Jemes Sport, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally hit the slopes at Kids' Land. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Akaslompolo, with lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.