11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Rome

2
nights
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 19th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner .

Rome, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In April, Rovaniemi is colder than Rome - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rovaniemi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Vaasa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, and then identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. April in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 24th (Wed), admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kotka route planning tool .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nuuksio National Park and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in nature's colorful creations at Observatory Hill Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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