11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Attractions like Safaris and Arctic Emotions Oy make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online 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. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
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Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get outside with Neitikoski Rapids and then look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lieksa trip planning app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, and then contemplate the long history of Utti Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola sightseeing app.

Getting from Lieksa to Kouvola by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Trails

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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

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Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
Kids will enjoy Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paavolan Tammi will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral and get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Finland travel guide

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."