10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Inari
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kotka
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego


1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi itinerary planning tool .

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between 28°F and 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip planning website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Akaslompolo when traveling from Rovaniemi in November, with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inari travel planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Inari sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 16°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere online visit planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in November, expect Tampere to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Katajanokka, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kotka itinerary tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

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