10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Visiting Hietaranta Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Finnish Aviation Museum and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Jarvenpaa to see Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, learn about all things military at Military Museum of Manes, pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip website.

Little Rock, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In September, Helsinki is colder than Little Rock - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Turku

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinkirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, and finally kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 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): get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Lake Inari, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, then take an exotic tour of Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 10th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

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Drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

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."