10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Nuuksio National Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 1st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Karhunkierros and Kiutakongas Rapids. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posio (Korouoma Canyon & Riisitunturi National Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo road trip tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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