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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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Lyon

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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 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey planner.

Lyon, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in February; daily highs in Helsinki reach 0°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

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 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

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 7th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in February, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

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 8th (Tue), gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then get a dose of the wild on Lapland Safaris Saariselka, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in February, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

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."