12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
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 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 22nd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, then get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Perameren Kansallispuisto and then identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kemi travel route planner.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Kemi sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 24th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally examine the collection at Pielisen Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): trek along Akka-Koli Hill and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lieksa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Lieksa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Lieksa sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You've now added Arctic Trainers SUP-center to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): find your balance on the water with Arctic Trainers SUP-center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and finally don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery, and then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

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You can drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Arctic Trainers SUP-center ©
Arctic Trainers SUP-center

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Observatory Hill Park, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and finally stop by Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Helsinki. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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