8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Ranua Zoo, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and Levi Wellness Club. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi journey builder site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get a dose of the wild on Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

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

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take a stroll through Katajanokka, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning website.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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."