12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Paateri (in Lieksa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Joensuu visit planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Joensuu. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect nights in Joensuu to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Paateri, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Terranova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and then fly down the slopes at Ojberget.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vaasa itinerary website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

3
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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, experience rural life at Poro Farmi, and identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Rovaniemi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vaasa in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are a bit cooler (3°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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