8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 7th (Tue), hit the slopes at Ruka and then head outdoors with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safartica Yllas and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Levi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around The Esplanadi Park, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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."