13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Joensuu
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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Joensuu

— 3 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli), Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, &more) and Koli National Park (Akka-Koli Hill, Paha-Koli Hill, &more).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Joensuu trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rovaniemi to Joensuu. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, expect nights in Joensuu to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Helsinki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."