10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): get advice or help at Turku City Library, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and then explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in October; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 37°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's more to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 28°F.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.