12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Joensuu
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Joensuu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 National Park (Pielinen, Ukko-Koli Hill, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Joensuu Church, join in the after-dark buzz at Taitokortteli, and hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Joensuu with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: highs in Joensuu hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Trails · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Luosto Adventures in Luosto--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. While traveling from Joensuu, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

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."