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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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Vaasa Airport, Drive to Mustasaari
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mustasaari trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Mustasaari. September in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Koli National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head outdoors with Karhunkierros and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip maker tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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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."