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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Natural History Museum. Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinebrychoff Art Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Heureka in Vantaa--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hamburg in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
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Turku — 2 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 29th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally visit Naantali Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Saariselka — 2 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.
On the 31st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary app.

Getting from Turku to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. It doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
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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 5th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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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."