10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Muonio
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Durham

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day
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 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, admire the striking features of Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally stop by Kankurin Tupa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

Durham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Helsinki is 7 hours. When traveling from Durham in October, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 48°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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day
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Muonio trip planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Muonio in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, expect Muonio to be slightly colder, temps between 35°F and 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo vacation planner .

You can drive from Muonio to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kuusamo in October, with highs in Turku at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 27th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik, tour the pleasant surroundings at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kimito Island holiday planner .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

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