15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder .

Montreal, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Montreal in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Tue), stroll through The Archipelago Trail, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Uto, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Trails
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, take in the pleasant sights at Saltkaret, and then step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Terranova, experience rural life at Aava Kertun Kotitila, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Paateri (in Lieksa) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

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Traveling by car from Vaasa to Joensuu takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi with the Route module. While traveling from Joensuu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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