8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 1 day

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 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta.

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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 moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Tue), pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

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Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
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Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 25th (Wed), head outdoors with Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Levi and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

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 29th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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."