12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Tampere
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

1
day
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 5th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, trek along Juutua Nature Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally head outdoors with Lake Inari.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inari road trip app .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in October: highs in Tampere hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Turku University Botanical Garden, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku travel route builder website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Find out how to plan Mariehamn trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. October in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savonlinna sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mariehamn in October: highs in Savonlinna hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kotka sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route builder website .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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