16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 day
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 26th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online vacation planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in June; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 18°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. The adventure continues: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park visit planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Vaasa

— 1 day
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vaasa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your trip

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Laukko Manor, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Turun Taidehalli and Kauppakeskus Mylly. Kids will enjoy Turku Castle and Moomin World. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Pernio to see Teijo National Park about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Galleria Joella, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Nuuksio National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, stop by Taiga Colors, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

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."