11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Pori
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Pori
— 1 day
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see Santa Claus Office, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are colder (3°C), and nights are slightly colder (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Pori

— 1 day
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Tue), stop by Porin Kauppahalli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Pori travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Pori in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in October: highs in Pori hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle and then kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip website.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nuuksio National Park and Temppeliaukio Church. Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."