10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
3
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Chicago

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are much colder (53°F), and nights are slightly colder (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): head outdoors with Lake Inari and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 5th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Hevoshaan Arboretum and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola road trip app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Kouvola in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kouvola: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hevoshaan Arboretum ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
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 (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku visit planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Turku in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Nature Outdoors
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 7th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Teijo National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pike's Gut, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, and then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hanko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. In September in Hanko, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planner.

You can drive from Hanko to Helsinki in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Wildlife Adventure
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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