16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Nature Museums
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Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Lieksa (Paateri & Pielisen Museum) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's lots more to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Rovaniemi to Joensuu with the Route module. In July in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Palotorninvuori Park, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

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Getting from Joensuu to Kotka by car takes about 4.5 hours. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku online vacation planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki route planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral