8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Turku
— 1 day
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
5
Helsinki
— 1 night
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Turku

— 1 day
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then get advice or help at Turku City Library.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku online travel route planner.

Portland, USA to Turku is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in January: highs in Turku hover around 27°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 16°F and lows are around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi travel app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 23rd (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of 15°F and lows of 1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Helsinki

— 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 24th (Mon): get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then take in the views from Rakkauden Silta.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in January, with highs in Helsinki at 26°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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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."