One-Week Finland Road Trip from Rovaniemi to Ruka

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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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Economy included
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Explore the best of Finland on a 8-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Rovaniemi, Ruka, and Kuusamo. This road trip itinerary in Finland seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 nights in Rovaniemi, and 3 nights in Ruka. 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 Rovaniemi, 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 Rovaniemi, Ruka, and Kuusamo, 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
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Destinations

Rovaniemi Finland, panorama of the city with Kemijoki river in the back and Ounasvaara fell with the city heart at the left.Rovaniemi / 4 nights
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 / 3 nights

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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
photo of a river in winter at Oulanka National Park, Finland.Oulanka National Park
photo of SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus in Finland.SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
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
Canyon Lake Julma-Ölkky, Kuusamo, Koillismaan seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandCanyon Lake Julma-Ölkky
Lordi's Square, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLordi's Square
Culture House KorundiKorundi House of Culture
Ounasvaara Ski Oy, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandOunasvaara Ski Oy
Ruka Pedestrian Village
Santa's Post Office, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSanta's Post Office
An aerial view of Kiutaköngäs rapids in the northern taiga forest of Finland.Kiutaköngäs
Rovaniemen kirkkoRovaniemi Church
Jyrävä, Kuusamo, Koillismaan seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandJyrävä Rapids
Huskypoint Käpälämäki, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHuskypoint Käpälämäki
Bearhill Husky, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemen seutukunta, Lapland, Mainland Finland, FinlandBearhill Husky
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Center, Kuusamo, Koillismaan seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHannu Hautala Nature Photography Center
The tourist center of Karhuntassu, Kuusamo, Koillismaan seutukunta, North Ostrobothnia, Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandThe tourist center of Karhuntassu

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Day 1

Day 1 – Rovaniemi - arrival day

  • Rovaniemi - Arrival day
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  • Angry Birds Playground
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Say hello to Rovaniemi! Your exciting road trip through Finland is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Rovaniemi for 3 nights before you continue your adventure!

Rovaniemi is a beautiful city 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 Angry Birds Playground or taking a stroll in the city 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 Rovaniemi. 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 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.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Ravintola Roka Street Bistro, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Bull Bar and Grill is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Gustav Kitchen & Bar. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Rovaniemi tonight.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Pub Pisto after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Oliver's Corner Irish Pub for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, Paha Kurki Rockhouse is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

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

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Day 2

Day 2 – 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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On day 2 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Rovaniemi. You’ll stay in Rovaniemi for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Make Santa's Post Office your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this point of interest an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 747 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Santa Claus Village. With an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 25,448 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this amusement park every year.

Santa Claus Office is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,942 visitors.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Rovaniemi on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones 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.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Kauppayhtiö, a top-rated dining destination in Rovaniemi. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Yuca, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Hanki. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Rovaniemi this evening.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at people's Pub.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Rovaniemi

  • Rovaniemi
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Drive 65 km, 1 hour 3 min

  • Bearhill Husky
  • Huskypoint Käpälämäki
  • SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
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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 SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. This amusement park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Rovaniemi, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,819 visitors.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

As you explore more of Rovaniemi, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Don’t miss out on dining at Saigon Noodle Bar, a top-rated dining destination in Rovaniemi. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Santa Claus Holiday Village, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Ravintola Valdemari. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Rovaniemi this evening.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Rovaniemi, and Ruka

  • Ruka
  • Rovaniemi
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Drive 200 km, 2 hours 54 min

  • Korundi House of Culture
  • Arktikum Science Museum
  • Rovaniemi Church
  • Ounasvaara Ski Oy
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 4 of your road trip in Finland. Today, you will make 1 stop and experience some of the highlights of Rovaniemi. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Ruka, which will be your home away from home for 3 nights.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Culture House Korundi. This cafe is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 906 visitors.

When you’re finished at Culture House Korundi, head to Arktikum. This one-of-a-kind museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,188 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Rovaniemi Church. This church is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 675 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Ounasvaara Ski Oy. This sightseeing destination is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 867 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Ruka. Ruka 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 you explore more of Ruka, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Savor the flavors at Ski Booster - Bar - Cafe - Grill, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Hanki Baari beckons with its unique menu offerings.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Ruka

  • Ruka
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Drive 71 km, 1 hour 22 min

  • Rukatunturi
  • Kiutaköngäs
  • Oulanka National Park
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At the end of the day, you'll drive back to Ruka, where you'll stay for 2 nights more.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Rukatunturi. Previous visitors have rated this fell an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 9,028 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to Ruka and your accommodation.

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

Don’t miss out on dining at RUOK, a top-rated dining destination in Ruka. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Villiruokaravintola Rukan Kuksa, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Finland.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Ruka, and Kuusamo

  • Ruka
  • Kuusamo
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Drive 205 km, 2 hours 46 min

  • Canyon Lake Julma-Ölkky
  • The tourist center of Karhuntassu
  • Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Center
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On day 6 of your road trip in Finland, you’ll start and end your day in Ruka, but spend the day exploring what’s beyond the city. Since you will return to Ruka for 1 night more, there’s no need to rush. Experience Ruka, and Kuusamo to the fullest today with this curated day itinerary!

After soaking in Ruka’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Kuusamo. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 22 min. When you arrive in Kuusamo, it's time to take a break from the road.

Make The tourist center of Karhuntassu one of your first sightseeing stops in Kuusamo. Rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 160 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Center is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This art gallery is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 164 reviews.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Ruka.

As you explore more of Ruka, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Finland.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Ruka, Juuma, and Rovaniemi

  • Rovaniemi
  • Ruka
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Drive 263 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Jyrävä Rapids
  • Pieni Karhunkierros Circle Trail
  • Ruka Pedestrian Village
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On day 7 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 Ruka, and Juuma. In the evening, you’ll end up in Rovaniemi, where you will stay for 1 night.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Ruka Pedestrian Village. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 791 reviews.

Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Juuma.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Pieni Karhunkierros Circle Trail. This extraordinary park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,431 visitors.

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

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Rovaniemi. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Arctic Restaurant, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Hemingway's Rovaniemi offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Cafe & Bar 21 is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Rovaniemi.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Finland.

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Day 8

Day 8 – Rovaniemi - departure day

  • Rovaniemi - Departure day
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  • Lordi's Square
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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 Rovaniemi before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Finland by visiting Rovaniemi’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Finland.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Lordi's Square. This extraordinary point of interest has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 1,012 visitors.

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

If you're eager to try something different, consider Frans & Chérie, Rovaniemi, another top spot with a tantalizing menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Rovaniemi. 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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