15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Punkaharju
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Oulu
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately 50 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olavinlinna Castle and Kolovesi National Park. Explore Punkaharju's surroundings by going to Savonlinna Provincial Museum (in Savonlinna) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Punkaharju trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Helsinki to Punkaharju in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Kolovesi National Park, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Nallikari Beach and Botanical Garden, University of Oulu. Venture out of the city with trips to Raahe Museum (in Raahe), Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). The adventure continues: stroll through Ainolan Puisto, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Punkaharju to Oulu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji, Raahe Museum
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Feelapland and LAURI. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ylitornio and see Tatuka Palvelut, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online travel route planner .

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Tatuka Palvelut ©
Tatuka Palvelut
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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