9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
3
Punkaharju
— 2 nights
Drive to Savonlinna Airport, Fly to Oulu
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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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 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Punkaharju

— 2 nights
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and then shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery.

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Getting from Lappeenranta to Punkaharju by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli and then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Punkaharju to Oulu with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Oulu

Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 20th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Levi trip maker tool.

Drive from Oulu to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Oulu in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

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.
On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

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."