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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Spas & Wellness. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker app.

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka attractions planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

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Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ranua visit planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Ranua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), head outdoors with Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
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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."