9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
End: London

5
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.
Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): hit the slopes at Ruka, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around -5°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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