11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bangor
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
6
Kristiinankaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Bangor

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Johannes Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Bangor, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bangor to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bangor in July: highs in Helsinki hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 12th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, you will find days in Kuusamo are little chillier (66°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Poro Farmi, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park
Hupisaaret Park

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 15th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Kolvananuuro, then get outside with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Joensuu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kristiinankaupunki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

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Kristiinankaupunki

Kristiinankaupunki ©
Kristinestad is a town and a municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Lebellska kopmansgarden, then see the interesting displays at Carlsro Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Salgrund Pilot Station, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Wolf Cave.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kristiinankaupunki online tour planner .

You can drive from Joensuu to Kristiinankaupunki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kristiinankaupunki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Salgrund Pilot Station, Wolf Cave
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Lebellska kopmansgarden ©
Lebellska kopmansgarden
Wolf Cave ©
Wolf Cave
Carlsro Museum ©
Carlsro Museum

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