14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Fargo
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Fargo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and then explore the world behind art at Design Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

Fargo, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fargo in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then stroll through Lempukka Beach, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Imatra trip builder tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Imatra, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sotkamo online travel route planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get outside with Karhunkierros and then take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

3
nights
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 20th (Thu): have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Feelapland, try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Fun & Games, #Parks, #Tours
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Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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