8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online road trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, get interesting insight from Tours, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally make a trip to Snow Village.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and then glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Muonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Muonio takes an hour. January in Muonio sees daily highs of 12°F and lows of -3°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Wildlife
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

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night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get interesting insight from Tours, then have fun at Action Park, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka attractions planner .

You can drive from Muonio to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 5th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Ruka, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°F, and evening lows to 2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stroll through Sibelius Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday builder .

Fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Spas, #Parks
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Room Escape Games
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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