8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 24th (Mon), get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 26th (Wed), make a trip to Lordi's Square, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."