15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online holiday builder.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for much colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 53°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Koli National Park

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Paateri, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and get great views at Rylays Hill.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to 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."