16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey maker

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Las Vegas, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 37°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get outside with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. On the next day, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip builder app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

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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, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Koli National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Koli National Park in October: highs in Helsinki hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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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."