8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Exeter



— 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 8th (Wed): stop by Marttiini Senaatintori and then don't miss a visit to Senate Square. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Exeter to Helsinki. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:


— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rukatunturi travel route builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Rukatunturi. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Rukatunturi are slightly colder (-7°C), and nights are cooler (-16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:


— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Step out of the city life by going to Powerun Adventures and Kids' Land. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Levi takes 4.5 hours. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:


— 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 14th (Tue): stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, surround yourself with nature on Tatuka Reindeerfarm, and then find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

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 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Finland travel guide

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."