10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
— 2 nights



— 5 nights

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning site.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Pielinen, then explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally go for a walk through Rylays Hill. On your second day here, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park driving holiday planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Koli National Park, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · 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."