8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Make your Helsinki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Helsinki is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo road trip tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get little chillier in Akaslompolo: highs are around -11°C and lows about -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 29th (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 see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rukatunturi road trip planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Rukatunturi in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Finland travel guide

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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."