7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki — 2 nights

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, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation website.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Akaslompolo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Akaslompolo — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo attractions planning site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach -11°C and lows reach -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Fun & Games · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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."