10 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Kuusamo Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Kuusamo Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Kuusamo Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Kuusamo
— 5 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
End: Reykjavik

1
night
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 11th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday planner.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Portland to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Museums
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1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 12th (Wed), explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, then take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Oulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Oulu: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 44°F at night. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Koitelinkoski ©
Koitelinkoski
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

5
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. Step out of the city life by going to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Explore Kuusamo's surroundings by going to Suomussalmi (Hossa National Park & Martinselkonen Wilds Centre). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planner .

Take a bus from Oulu to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Suomussalmi, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

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night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach and then take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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