11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Hanoi

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 25th (Thu): admire the striking features of Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation builder tool .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Hanoi to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, stroll through Runeberg Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Loviisa Maritime Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Laivasilta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Loviisa
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The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Castle Hill ©
Castle Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vaasa trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Porvoo to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla (in Joensuu) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

New Valamo Monastery, Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at LAURI, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip app .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in May, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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