16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Bus:  17 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip website.

Bengaluru, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Rovaniemi. In May, Rovaniemi is much colder than Bengaluru - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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: explore the activities along Pielinen, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in May: highs in Koli National Park hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Terranova, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa attractions planning tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Vaasa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Stundars Museum, Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Fri), trek along The Archipelago Trail, then get your game on at Moomin World, and then examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. On the next day, browse the collection at Turku City Library, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Room Escape Games

5
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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