10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Poro Farmi, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi vacation site .

Shanghai, China to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Shanghai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in September: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get outdoors at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill. Take a break from Lieksa with a short trip to Koli Shop Retkitupa in Koli, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lieksa to Helsinki. When traveling from Lieksa in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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