10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Casper


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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

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Casper, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Casper to Helsinki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Casper in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Helsinki, with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours
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Akaslompolo — 2 nights

On the 28th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. On the next day, gear up at Levi Ski Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip planning website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Saariselka.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip tool.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Saariselka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Theme Parks · Winter Sports · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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."