8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then get your bearings at Rovaniemi City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder.

Athens, Greece to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Akaslompolo, with lows of -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akaslompolo in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."