12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. Traveling from London in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are much colder, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Terranova, and then stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip site .

Getting from Saariselka to Vaasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in October, with highs in Vaasa at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pori attractions planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Pori sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip app .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

3
nights
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 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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