16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip maker

©
Make it your trip
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
1
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Koli National Park

— 3 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, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Helsinki to Koli National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Koli National Park, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get outside with Karhunkierros, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and finally explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip website.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online visit planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the next day, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, then examine the collection at Terranova, and finally whizz through the canopy at Zip Adventure Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip tool.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Rovaniemi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Vaasa, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 13th (Sun), trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): get outside with VMB Fishing, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, then stroll around Kupittaa Park, and finally let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip maker site.

Drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Helsinki

— 4 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, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker website.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."