8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Riyadh

3
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.
Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and stroll through Sibelius Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally have fun at Action Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saariselka day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Fun & Games Museums Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kemi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kemi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saariselka in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kemi, with lows of -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Tornio Church ©
Tornio Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Thu), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker site .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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