17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Boston
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Viitasaari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Boston

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Mon), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at SantaPark, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip planner .

Boston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Step out of Lappeenranta to go to Kouvola and see Repovesi National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Lappeenranta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lappeenranta, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
days
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imatra: Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum (in Punkaharju), Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Savonlinna Provincial Museum) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imatrankoski Church, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Imatra online route planner .

Imatra is very close to Lappeenranta. September in Imatra sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Viitasaari.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kummakivi Boulder, The Parikkala Sculpture Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

1
day
Viitasaari

Viitasaari
Viitasaari is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Central Finland region. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): savor the flavors at Nestori.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Viitasaari driving holiday planner.

Getting from Imatra to Viitasaari by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Viitasaari are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Vaasa.
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1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
On the 27th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Viitasaari to Vaasa takes 3 hours. In September in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

4
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kuusisto Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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