15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Paateri, look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park road trip planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Koli National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Koli National Park, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Koli National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

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 6th (Mon): let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 8th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, walk around Kupittaa Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning site.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Turku: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."