14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in October, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip site.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Turku

— 1 night
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 9th (Sat): stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kouvola takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and stroll through Ukko-Koli.

Plan a Koli National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Kouvola to Koli National Park in 5 hours. In October in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Koli National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 30°F. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Finland travel guide

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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."