8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planning website.

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Rukatunturi. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Rukatunturi, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Drive from Rukatunturi to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and finally soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip site.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."