12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip site.

If you are flying in from China, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi journey planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Inari to Kuopio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in November, expect Kuopio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."