8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Helsinki is colder than Barcelona - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari journey website .

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
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 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Levi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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