16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Helsinki is slightly colder than Dusseldorf - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour planning website.

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Ukko-Koli Hill. Get in touch with nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Akka-Koli Hill. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Saariselka with the Route module. Traveling from Koli National Park in September, Saariselka is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Levi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Ranua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vaasa trip maker app.

Drive from Ranua to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Vaasa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Hameenkatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere route maker site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): cast your line with VMB Fishing, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

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Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

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."