9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Augusta

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Augusta, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. While traveling from Augusta, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Saariselka are little chillier (21°F), and nights are much colder (6°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour along fresh powder with Safartica Yllas and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo driving holiday site.

You can fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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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."