10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Vienna

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

Vienna, Austria to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In October, Helsinki is slightly colder than Vienna - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Saariselka online journey maker .

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Terranova, and then step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa online route planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Vaasa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vaasa, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning site .

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Trails
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas and then explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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