16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey tool.

Hyderabad, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in October, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

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, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Saariselka. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

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."