9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Alavus
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
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 spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around 27°F, while days are much colder, around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Alavus.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Alavus

Alavus
Alavus is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Muistojen kappeli (Chapel of remembrance) and then brush up on your military savvy at Taidekeskus Harri.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alavus travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Alavus takes 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Alavus hover around 29°F and lows are around 20°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Alavus

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Alavus to Levi with the Route module. Traveling from Alavus in December, expect Levi to be little chillier, temps between 22°F and 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: see Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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