12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
3
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

1
night
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.
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, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from China, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. 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
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Angeli Reindeer Farm, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and trek along Juutua Nature Trail.

Before you visit Inari, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
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 enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio online trip builder .

Getting from Inari to Kuopio by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, Kuopio is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 1°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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