15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Joensuu
1
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Joensuu

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Joensuu trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Joensuu. In September in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Helsinki. Traveling from Joensuu in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma & Ruokapuoti Lumo), Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and get lost in a book at Raision Kaupunginkirjasto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Louhisaari Manor, Raision Kaupunginkirjasto, Bonk Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, and then stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Terranova, then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at Makeitout.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa road trip site .

Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Luosto Adventures in Luosto--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary maker app .

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Vaasa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Luosto Adventures
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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