11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Koli National Park
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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.
Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Islamabad to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In May, Helsinki is cooler than Islamabad - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Puumala.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
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To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puumala trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Puumala in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puumala when traveling from Helsinki in May, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Puumala

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature
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Koli National Park

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Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi) and Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

Before you visit Koli National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Puumala to Koli National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've now added Lapland Safaris - Rovaniemi to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lapland Safaris - Rovaniemi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Koli National Park in May: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."