9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary website.

Augusta, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Augusta to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Augusta in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be a bit cooler, around 27°F, while days are cooler, around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
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Inari — 1 night

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari online route planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ivalo.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Ivalo — 1 night

Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ivalo online itinerary planner.

Ivalo is just a short distance from Inari. In December, daytime highs in Ivalo are 21°F, while nighttime lows are 6°F. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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."