12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday maker

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
— 6 nights



— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): have fun at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Rovaniemi is colder than Dubai - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the activities along Pielinen, make a trip to Paateri, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park tour planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. September in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:


— 6 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."