11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Austin


2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at The Sarestoniemi Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kittila vacation planner .

Austin, USA to Kittila is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. In January, Kittila is cooler than Austin - with highs of 14°F and lows of -2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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 14th (Mon): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kittila to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kittila in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

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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 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, then examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and finally experience the excitement of Oulu Climbing Centre.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu online attractions planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Oulu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January in Oulu, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 10°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

1
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Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church, appreciate the history behind Pietari Brahen Patsas, admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church, then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and finally take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kajaani itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kajaani takes 2.5 hours. January in Kajaani sees daily highs of 18°F and lows of 6°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kajaani

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Paltaniemi Church
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Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church
Kajaani art museum ©
Kajaani art museum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 17th (Thu), look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna itinerary website .

Getting from Kajaani to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°F in January, and nighttime lows around 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): cruise along King's Road, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Savonlinna - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, King's Road
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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