11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Temppeliaukio Church has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Helsinki. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planning website.

Fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Savonlinna: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Pielinen, &more), Paateri (in Lieksa) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu tour website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and then stroll through Arctic Emotions Oy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. When traveling from Joensuu in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
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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."