16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online vacation planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or 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 Wildlife Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Safaris
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Koli National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Ukko-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

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

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
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

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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 see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 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 catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 Kauppakeskus Mylly and Photographic Centre Peri. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Galleria Joella. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Teijo National Park in Pernio--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Moomin World, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Moomin World
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

4
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.
Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Taiga Colorsfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Nature 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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