10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Shanghai
Fly + Bus:  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

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): identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Shanghai, China to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Shanghai in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
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. Step out of the city life by going to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Akka-Koli Hill. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, Paha-Koli Hill, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

Before you visit Lieksa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Lieksa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 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, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then make a trip to Senate Square, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): stroll around Nuuksio National Park.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Lieksa to Helsinki with the Route module. When traveling from Lieksa in October, plan for somewhat 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

Nature Parks 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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