16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker site.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 40°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in November; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 28°F and lows reach 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla. On your second day here, do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luosto itinerary builder website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Luosto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in November, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Trails · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Luosto to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Saariselka are 27°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Saariselka to Koli National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Saariselka in November, expect Koli National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Winter Sports · Spas · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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."