8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mannerheim Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in February, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 16th (Tue), gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Levi, and finally fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in February: high temperatures in Turku hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."