9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaani. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, and then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
Spas

1
night
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 21st (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land and then ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure Parks Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online holiday maker .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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