7 Days in Finland: Top 2 Recommendations

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With spectacular snow-covered scenery, a magical display of the Northern Lights, and a spirit-lifting summer, Finland is truly a fantastic place to travel to. While the country is most famous for the wild beauty of its Lapland, a trip to Finland also offers vibrant cities to explore, historic locales, and drool-worthy food culture.

If you are short on time, just seven days in Finland are enough to discover much of the country. Below are our recommendations to help you make the most of your one week in Finland.


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1. Finnish Winterland: A Week in Finland

Helsinki aerial panoramic view at sunset, Finland.
Helsinki is a hotspot for design and architecture fanatics.
Day 1 Discover Helsinki, then take an overnight train to Lapland
Day 2 Cross the Arctic Circle & visit Santa’s village
Day 3 Try snowshoeing and ice fishing in the Arctic wilderness
Day 4 Explore Ranua Wildlife Park and tour Rovaniemi
Day 5 Visit a reindeer farm and enjoy a husky sleigh ride
Day 6 Enjoy a free day in Lapland and hunt for Northern Lights
Day 7 Catch the train back to Helsinki

Having soaked up the sights and sounds of Helsinki, you will then head for Rovaniemi on the first day of this tour. Enjoy a train ride to Finnish Lapland, cross into the Arctic Circle and meet Santa in his village. Try your hands at local sports, like snowshoeing and ice fishing, while in Rovaniemi and spend some time in the company of animals in Ranua Wildlife Park. Next, meet some more furry friends and take a ride on a husky-drawn sleigh. Spend the final evening chasing the Northern Lights before heading back to Helsinki.

2. The Northern Lights: Finland in 8 Days

A tent pitched up in snow with the northern lights in the background
A spectacular view of the northern lights as seen from Finland.
Day 1 Arrive in Helsinki
Day 2 Enjoy a welcome dinner in Helsinki’s city center
Day 3 Learn more about Helsinki’s history on a guided sightseeing tour
Day 4 Travel to Lapland, settle into your luxury cabin, and chase the Northern Lights
Day 5 Ride sleigh to Santa’s village, then enjoy reindeer safari in the wilderness
Day 6 Explore the Arctic on a husky sleigh
Day 7 Head back to Helsinki for a night out in town
Day 8 Catch your flight home

Experience the magic of Finland on this eight-day trip. Spend the first three days discovering Helsinki. See the famous Helsinki Cathedral and learn more about the history of this 19th-century monument. Go for a leisurely walk in Kaivopuisto Park, the last piece of greenery you will see before heading into the white wilderness of Finnish Lapland. Check into the luxurious Kakslauttanen Resort and warm up in your cabin’s private sauna before heading out into the cold to see the sky light up. Meet Santa and his reindeer before taking a husky sleigh ride through the Arctic. Get the chance to learn more about Sámi cultures and traditions. Finally, head back to Helsinki to conclude your week-long Finnish adventure. See more 8-day tours in Finland.

If you are still not convinced that seven days in Finland are enough for an adventure, browse through our list of seven-day itineraries for more ideas. Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Finland for more insights, or get in touch with our travel experts in Finland to create your own itinerary from scratch.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on October 19, 2022

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