16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

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 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then see the top attractions with Feelapland.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Pyhatunturi

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature
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Koli National Park

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 30th (Mon): explore the activities along Pielinen, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and then stroll through Paha-Koli Hill.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Koli National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 2nd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on 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.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Moomin World, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then visit Naantali Old Town, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

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You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Helsinki

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. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Museums

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."