9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi — 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Mon), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle. On your second day here, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip maker.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, Rovaniemi is much colder than London - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Akaslompolo — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up, and finally stroll through Yllas Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Hidden Trails Lapland, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo day trip planning tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Akaslompolo dip to -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Saariselka.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip site.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Saariselka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Helsinki — 3 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: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

You can 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, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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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."