10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and then let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 53°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Juutua Nature Trail, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Muonio

— 3 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pakasaivo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Muonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Muonio takes 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Muonio can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and then engage your brain at Tietomaa. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Oulu attractions planner.

You can drive from Muonio to Oulu in 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Oulu are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Helsinki

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.
To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online route maker.

You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."