14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner
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Fly
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
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 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours and then buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Levi Ski Resort and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Lapland Safaris Levi and Icekarting Levi. Change things up with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila (about 46 minutes away).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi day trip planning tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Saariselka itinerary builder app.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.
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Kuusamo — 2 nights

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Kota-Husky and then view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Ruka and then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. December in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Turku.
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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 27th (Tue), take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Turku by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kuusamo in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, and finally visit Katajanokka.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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