9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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— 2 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online travel planner.

Krakow, Poland to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Krakow in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then get interesting insight from Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi vacation planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Rukatunturi with the Route module. In January, Rukatunturi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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— 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 out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). Spend the 20th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Levi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Levi takes 4.5 hours. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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— 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 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip app.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."