8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planning site .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 31°F and lows about 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

2
nights
Levi

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 6th (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Levi is little chillier than Tampere - with highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see Santa Claus Office, then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker tool .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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