24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park, Santa Claus Reindeer and Arctic Circle Information. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rovaniemi Church and Christmas House Santa. Visiting Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. Change things up with a short trip to Akaslompolo Sportshop in Akaslompolo (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel route builder app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

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 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary website.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Vaasa

— 6 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Hietasaaren uimaranta and Ojberget. Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Seinajoki (Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, Etela-Pohjanmaan Traktorimuseo, &more), Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen) and Kristiinankaupunki (Ulrika Eleonora Church, Carlsro Museum, &more). Spend the 21st (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Wolf Cave, enjoy breathtaking views from Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi, examine the collection at K.H. Renlund Museum, and contemplate the long history of Stromso.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Vaasa takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Vaasa is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 35°F and lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, Old Rauma, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, and delve into the distant past at Kuusisto Bishop's Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Johannes Church. Kids will enjoy Bellevue Beach and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: St. Peter's Church (in Siuntio), Hanko (Tulliniemi Nature Path, Hanko Seaside Spa, &more) and Lohja (Liessaari Nature- & Wellness Trail, Aurlahti Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Heureka, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Katarinan kirkko.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Helsinki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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."