One-Week Finland Road Trip from Ruka to Rovaniemi, Kemi, Oulu, and Kajaani

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Duration
8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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7 nights included
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8 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Finland as you embark on an unforgettable 8-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Ruka, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Oulu, Kajaani, and Suomussalmi. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Ruka, 2 nights in Rovaniemi, 1 night in Kemi, 1 night in Oulu, and 1 night in Kajaani. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Finland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Ruka, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Finland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Finland. Santa Claus Village and Rukatunturi are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Ruka, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Oulu, Kajaani, and Suomussalmi, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Finland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Finland.

Throughout your road trip in Finland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Finland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Finland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Finland today!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Rovaniemi Finland, panorama of the city with Kemijoki river in the back and Ounasvaara fell with the city heart at the left.Rovaniemi / 2 nights
Kajaani - city in FinlandKajaani / 1 night
Oulu Finland Aerial landscape photo.Oulu / 1 night
Photo of stunning sunset view over wooden huts and snow covered trees in Kuusamo, Finnish Lapland.Kuusamo
photo of beautiful view of Finnish landscape with trees in snow, ruka, karelia, lapland, hilly winter landscapes in famous winter sports area called Ruka.Ruka / 2 nights
Suomussalmi
Kemi - city in FinlandKemi / 1 night

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Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSanta Claus Village
Photo of Rukatunturi is a 490 meters high fell and a ski resort in Kuusamo in the middle of lakes and evergreen forests of Finland.Rukatunturi
Santa Claus Office, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSanta Claus Office
Oulu market squareOulu market square
Tietomaa Science CentreTietomaa Science Centre
Pieni Karhunkierros Circle Trail
Angry Birds Playground, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandAngry Birds Playground
Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandArktikum Science Museum
Photo of Myllykoski watermill at Pieni Karhunkierros hiking trail during cold and wintery day with rapids flowing in Finland.Myllykoski
Kajaani Castle Ruins, Kajaani, Kajaanin seutukunta, Kainuu, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKajaani Castle Ruins
Lordi's Square, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLordi's Square
Photo of Oulu Market Hall, Finland.Oulu Market Hall
Culture House KorundiKorundi House of Culture
Ounasvaara Ski Oy, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandOunasvaara Ski Oy
The Oulu Museum Of Art, Oulu, Oulun seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandThe Oulu Museum Of Art
Ruka Pedestrian Village
The Quiet People - The Silent People, Suomussalmi, Kehys-Kainuun seutukunta, Kainuu, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandThe Quiet People - The Silent People
Photo of Hollihaka Park Oulu outdoor gym in winter at night, Finland.Hollihaka Park Oulu outdoor gym
Santa's Post Office, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSanta's Post Office
University of Oulu Botanical Gardens, Oulu, Oulun seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandUniversity of Oulu Botanical Gardens
Oulu Automobile Museum, Oulu, Oulun seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandOulu Automobile Museum
Jyrävä, Kuusamo, Koillismaan seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandJyrävä Rapids
Nallikari Lighthouse, Oulu, Oulun seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandNallikari Lighthouse
photo of an empty Nallikari beach at morning in Oulu, Finland.Nallikari beach
Rotuaarin pallo, Oulu, Oulun seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandRotuaarin pallo
Kainuu Museum, Kajaani, Kajaanin seutukunta, Kainuu, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKainuu Museum

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Day 1

Day 1 – Ruka - arrival day

  • Ruka - Arrival day
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  • Rukatunturi
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Welcome to Ruka, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Finland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in Ruka's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Ruka is a beautiful village with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Rukatunturi or taking a stroll in the village center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Ruka. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Ruka. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to reserve a table at Ski Booster - Bar - Cafe - Grill, an iconic dining spot in Ruka. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Hanki Baari, a popular restaurant in Ruka. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Ruka, Juuma, and Rovaniemi

  • Rovaniemi
  • Ruka
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Drive 249 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Pieni Karhunkierros Circle Trail
  • Myllykoski
  • Jyrävä Rapids
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On day 2 of your road trip in Finland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Juuma and Ruka. In the evening, you’ll end up in Rovaniemi, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Juuma, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Upon arrival in Juuma, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Pieni Karhunkierros Circle Trail. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,377 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Rovaniemi. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Ravintola Roka Street Bistro, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Bull Bar and Grill offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Gustav Kitchen & Bar is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Rovaniemi.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Pub Pisto is an excellent place to start. You could also check out Oliver's Corner Irish Pub, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Paha Kurki Rockhouse. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

Say good night to Rovaniemi and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Rovaniemi

  • Rovaniemi
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Drive 19 km, 26 min

  • Santa's Post Office
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Santa Claus Office
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Day 3 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Rovaniemi has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Rovaniemi by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Santa's Post Office. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 656 visitors.

Santa Claus Village is another popular attraction you could visit today. This amusement park has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 22,072 visitors.

Santa Claus Office is also highly recommended by travelers. This point of interest has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 3,392 visitors.

You can learn more about Rovaniemi today by going on a tour. Rovaniemi offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Rovaniemi. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Make sure to reserve a table at Kauppayhtiö, an iconic dining spot in Rovaniemi. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Yuca, a popular restaurant in Rovaniemi. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Hanki, a hidden gem nestled in Rovaniemi. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. People's Pub is an excellent place to start.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Rovaniemi and Kemi

  • Kemi
  • Rovaniemi
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Drive 129 km, 2 hours 18 min

  • Korundi House of Culture
  • Arktikum Science Museum
  • Lordi's Square
  • Angry Birds Playground
  • Ounasvaara Ski Oy
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will explore Rovaniemi, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Kemi. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Make Culture House Korundi your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this cafe an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 806 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Arktikum. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 995 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this museum every year.

Lordi's Square is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 927 visitors.

When you’re finished at Lordi's Square, the perfect next stop is Angry Birds Playground. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,355 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Ounasvaara Ski Oy. This point of interest is a top place to visit, with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 787 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Kemi, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Kemi. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Lounaskahvila Kemin Paussi, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Pizzeria Di Mare offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Kalle's Burger / Scanburger. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Kemi.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Olutravintola Kukko stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Kemi and Oulu

  • Oulu
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Drive 110 km, 1 hour 44 min

  • Tietomaa Science Centre
  • The Oulu Museum Of Art
  • Hollihaka Park Oulu outdoor gym
  • Oulu market square
  • Oulu Market Hall
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your road trip in Finland. Today, you will make 1 stop and experience some of the highlights of Oulu. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Oulu, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Oulu. This car ride takes around 1 hour 16 min.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Tietomaa Science Centre. This museum is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 1,871 visitors.

When you’re finished at Tietomaa Science Centre, head to The Oulu Museum Of Art. This one-of-a-kind cafe is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 777 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Hollihaka Park Oulu outdoor gym. This outdoor gym is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 694 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Oulu market square. This point of interest is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 2,162 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Oulu Market Hall. This famous market hall is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 903 travelers.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Oulu, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Oulu.

Make sure to reserve a table at Frans & Camille Bistro, an iconic dining spot in Oulu. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Koivurannan kahvila, a popular restaurant in Oulu. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Sauraha, a hidden gem nestled in Oulu. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at Pub Graali, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Leskinen offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation. You may also want to check out 1bar. This bar is a favorite among both locals and visitors looking for a delightful evening out filled with laughter and fun.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Finland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Oulu and Kajaani

  • Kajaani
  • Oulu
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Drive 204 km, 3 hours

  • Rotuaarin pallo
  • Nallikari beach
  • Nallikari Lighthouse
  • University of Oulu Botanical Gardens
  • Oulu Automobile Museum
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On day 6 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Oulu. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Kajaani, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned Rotuaarin pallo. This popular point of interest has been rated an average of 4 out of 5 stars by 418 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Nallikari beach. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 402 visitors, this beach deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Nallikari Lighthouse. This point of interest has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 412 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is University of Oulu Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 584 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Oulu Automobile Museum. With an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 549 travelers, this automobile museum is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Oulu.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Kajaani. Kajaani offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Kajaani's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Dine in style at Taukopaikka Nuottijärvi, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Pancho Villa boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Peevee Bar Oy. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Kajaani.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Bar Jussila (T:mi Juha J. Immonen), ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Restaurant Saint Kukko offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Kajaani, Suomussalmi, and Ruka

  • Ruka
  • Kajaani
  • Suomussalmi
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Drive 271 km, 3 hours 25 min

  • Kainuu Museum
  • Kajaani Castle Ruins
  • The Quiet People - The Silent People
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 7 of your road trip in Finland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Kajaani and Suomussalmi. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Ruka. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Kainuu Museum. This extraordinary cultural history museum has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 154 visitors.

Next, make your way to Kajaani Castle Ruins. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 1,005 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Suomussalmi, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Upon arrival in Suomussalmi, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Journey into the unknown at The Silent People, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable point of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 688 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Ruka, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Ruka's best restaurants.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at RUOK, a top-rated dining spot in Ruka. If you're in the mood for something new, try Villiruokaravintola Rukan Kuksa, another premier location with a delectable menu.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Finland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Ruka - departure day

  • Ruka - Departure day
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  • Ruka Pedestrian Village
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Day 8 of your road trip in Finland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Ruka before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in Finland unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Ruka’s best shopping location. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the village’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Finland. Keep the spirit of your trip to Finland alive with these special souvenirs.

Kick off the day at Ruka Pedestrian Village, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 737 reviews.

Before you conclude your road trip in Finland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Ruka.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine.

You’ll then say farewell to Ruka. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Finland!

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