17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Casper

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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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Casper in December, with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, &more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from 21°F by day to 6°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 24th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Levi vacation planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Ranua (Ranua Zoo & Ranua-Revontuli Oy). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Rukatunturi.
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Rukatunturi — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then get interesting insight from Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rukatunturi road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Rukatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Rukatunturi sees daily highs of 20°F and lows of 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel 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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