8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yllasjarvi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Cardiff

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online travel planner.

Cardiff, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cardiff to Helsinki. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cardiff in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland and then identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rukatunturi tour itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Rukatunturi. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Rukatunturi: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yllasjarvi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Spas · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Yllasjarvi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safartica Yllas and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yllasjarvi tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Rukatunturi to Yllasjarvi in 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Yllasjarvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yllasjarvi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."