16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hameenkatu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Fort McMurray, Canada to Tampere is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 9 hours. When traveling from Fort McMurray in September, plan for slightly colder days in Tampere, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get some cultural insight at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Turku Cathedral. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Temppeliaukio Church. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online route planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 26th (Sun), take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saariselka day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

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 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online travel route planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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."