10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brussels in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 13°C and lows at 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Kouvola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Lappeenranta (Sandcastle Lappeenranta & Saimaa Canal), Hamina Town Hall (in Hamina) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, and admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Kouvola takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in September: highs in Kouvola hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Sapokka Water Garden, Woikosken Automuseo, Hamina Town Hall
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, make a trip to Senate Square, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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