22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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

Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Sodankyla and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit. Get outdoors at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Pyhatunturi.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi route maker site.

Charleston, USA to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Charleston to Pyhatunturi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Charleston in February, with highs in Pyhatunturi at 23°F and lows at 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Salla.
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Salla — 1 night

Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, look for all kinds of wild species at Salla Wilderness Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski & Active.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Salla holiday planner.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Salla by car takes about 2 hours. February in Salla sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rukatunturi.
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Rukatunturi — 1 night

On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then see the winter wonderland with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Salla to Rukatunturi takes 1.5 hours. February in Rukatunturi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kukkolankoski. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Nordic Safaris in Tornio--about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.
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Levi — 4 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Seven Fells Up and Lapland Safaris Levi. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Sarkitunturi, &more). Spend the 16th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 24°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ivalo) and Inari Reindeer Farm (in Inari). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and look for gifts at Giftshop Livva.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Helsinki.
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Helsinki — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Turku to see Turku Cathedral about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip website.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in February, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°F and 26°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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