9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online trip itinerary maker.

Saint Louis, USA to Saariselka is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Saariselka is 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 21°F and lows are around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Levi

— 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 in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Safartica Yllas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Icekarting Levi and KuruYoga Levi. Change things up with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila (about 46 minutes away).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi route planning website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi visit planning app.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka and then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo road trip app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a stroll through Katajanokka, then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Helsinki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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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."