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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the views from Rakkauden Silta.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
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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 17th (Mon): get outside with Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January, Saariselka is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Safaris Levi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.