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How Many Days to Spend in Finland

Finland is a fun, relaxed destination—there's always time for a sauna—however long or short your trip. In five to seven days, you can check out the capital city, Helsinki, and surrounding natural areas, such as Finnish Lakeland. Meanwhile, depending on the season and your interests, you could head north to Lapland. And with an extended 10-day trip, you can delve deeper into the wilderness and national parks to enjoy fun winter or summer outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking.

Hunt the dancing northern lights in northern Finland outside of Rovaniemi
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5 Days in Finland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Five days in Lapland is enough time to experience Rovaniemi, the region's capital, and use it as a base for wintry activities like visiting Santa Claus Village, snowmobiling, or Artic hiking and ice fishing. Chase the northern lights in winter when it's darkest, or catch the midnight sun during a summertime itinerary.

Indulge in the activities on offer in a Finnish winter vacation
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1 Week in Finland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Finland, you can experience two to three destinations at a comfortable pace, like Helsinki and Rovaniemi, on a combined city and outdoor itinerary, ideal for first-timers. Travelers set on seeing the northern lights should choose the "Aurora Adventure," and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the "Lapland Winter Adventure," which includes skiing and snowshoeing in Pyhä. Families will love the wildlife safaris on the Summer Adventure, while foodies can sample Finnish flavors on a culinary tour.

Spend time with adorable huskies and admire their power as they pull you and your sled across Lapland countryside
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10 Days in Finland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

10 days in Finland is enough time to explore Lapland, venture to a nearby national park or wildlife park, and partake in wintry activities like snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and northern lights-chasing. Or, catch the midnight sun phenomenon in summer between hiking through the wilderness and biking along waterways. Opt for a Christmas-focused experience that delves into Finnish culture, embark on a multiday snowshoe trek, or city-hop to the Baltic capitals, rich in architecture and history.

Christmas Market  near famous Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki
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2 Weeks in Finland - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Finland, you can take in the highlights of Helsinki and the Lapland region on an epic winter holiday, complete with a northern lights tour, a snowmobile adventure, and a visit to Santa's Village. For all things Christmas, opt for a winter itinerary that visits Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland to learn about their unique holiday traditions. If you prefer summer, take advantage of the midnight sun on a Finland nature tour that'll get you exploring deep into Lapland's pristine wilderness.