8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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

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Helsinki

— 1 day

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.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder app.

Athens, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

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 29th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Saariselka are a bit cooler (-7°C), and nights are colder (-17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online visit planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Turku

— 1 night
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 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

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You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in January: high temperatures in Turku hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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."