11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Edmonton

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

Edmonton, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Edmonton to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Edmonton in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Terranova, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip website .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stundars Museum, Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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.
Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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