10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. 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 travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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, hit the slopes at 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, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; 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

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Posio (Korouoma Canyon & Riisitunturi National Park) and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

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