19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and The National Museum of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In January, Helsinki is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, Savonlinna is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ruka. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -19°C in Kuusamo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saariselka

— 4 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Saariselka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Seven Fells Up. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: have fun at Kids' Land and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ranua Zoo. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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."