8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Arktikum and Christmas House Santa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rovaniemi is minus 1 hour. In January, Rovaniemi is colder than Istanbul - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Theme Parks
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kittila, with lows of -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kittila

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sarestoniemi Museum
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kittila to Inari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Inari, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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