12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 26th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Era Eero, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pielinen, then stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Koli National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Era Eero ©
Era Eero
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, then explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku travel planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Turku in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Step out of Helsinki to go to Siltakyla and see Valkmusa National Park, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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