12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Viitasaari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City


1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour app .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 53°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Viitasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Nature Museums
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris

2
nights
Viitasaari

Viitasaari ©
Viitasaari is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Central Finland region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Hakki National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Nestori.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Viitasaari trip app .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Viitasaari by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September in Viitasaari, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Viitasaari

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Hakki National Park
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Nestori ©
Nestori

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pori trip app .

You can drive from Viitasaari to Pori in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Pori are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Turku attractions planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Naantali Old Town
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Rock Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip website .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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