16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then catch some excitement at Feelapland.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. In September, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 29th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. September in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and then contemplate the long history of Uhrihalkeama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Koli National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, see the interesting displays at Terranova, then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa online route maker .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali
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Room Escape Games
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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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