8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly

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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 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi online visit planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Postal Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Saariselka to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Turku

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri): get advice or help at Turku City Library, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday website.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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."