9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

Kozhikode, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Kozhikode to Rovaniemi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kozhikode in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 23rd (Wed), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and finally identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi journey planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Turku reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Helsinki

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

Finland travel guide

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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."