15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 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.
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, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. In October, Helsinki is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park route app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: highs in Koli National Park hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 12th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 13th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, you will find days in Kouvola are somewhat warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 15th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and then see what you can catch with VMB Fishing.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."