8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Kemi
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

1
day
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our Kemi day trip planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Kemi is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kemi is minus 6 hours. In January, Kemi is colder than Bandar Seri Begawan - with highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Tornio Church ©
Tornio Church

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Siida).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Katajanokka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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