11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will thrill your kids. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bilbao to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bilbao, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Repovesi National Park and Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Santalahti Nature Trail). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Fri), make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

You can fly from Kouvola to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Kouvola - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Finland travel guide

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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."