13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 5 nights



— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Warsaw, Poland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Warsaw in September: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Escape the urban bustle at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Kangasniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:


— 1 night
Kangasniemi is a municipality in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region, Finland. On the 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinivuori Hiking trail and then stroll through Pirtin perinnepuisto.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kangasniemi day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kangasniemi in 3.5 hours. In September in Kangasniemi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kangasniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip


— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Guide-Matti in Tammisaari--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

Make your Helsinki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kangasniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

North Karelia travel guide

Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)