8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
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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 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi visit planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than London - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Visiting Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Inari Reindeer Farm. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip app.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can 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."