8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
3
Saariselka
— 1 day
Fly
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

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 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder.

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Saariselka

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 25th (Wed): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Saariselka at -7°C and lows at -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Highlights from your trip

2
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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 26th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, then have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and finally join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Sat), see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Fun & Games
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Finland travel guide

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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."