10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Kuusamo Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  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. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner .

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Helsinki. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop. On the next day, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can 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
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posio (Korouoma Canyon & Riisitunturi National Park). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, get outside with Karhunkierros, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo travel route planner .

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

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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