16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  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 Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning app .

Bengaluru, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Rovaniemi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bengaluru in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Rovaniemi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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. On the 8th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Terranova, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally get great views at Saltkaret.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vaasa trip planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Vaasa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Saltkaret, Stundars Museum
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along The Archipelago Trail, then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Ett Hem Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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 46 minutes away. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route maker tool .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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