9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
— 2 nights
— 2 nights



— 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around 27°F, while days are much colder, around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Alavus.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games


— 1 night
Alavus is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Muistojen kappeli (Chapel of remembrance) and then brush up on your military savvy at Taidekeskus Harri.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alavus travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Alavus takes 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Alavus hover around 29°F and lows are around 20°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Alavus

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip


— 2 nights
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 24th (Tue): get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Alavus to Levi with the Route module. Traveling from Alavus in December, expect Levi to be little chillier, temps between 22°F and 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Nature · Trails

Side Trips


— 2 nights

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 (Thu): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: see Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Nature

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."