16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, and get your bearings at Oodi Central Library.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Turku City Library. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oulu attractions planning app.

You can fly from Turku to Oulu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Turku, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oulu, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rovaniemi City Library and Arktikum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary app.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are a bit cooler (3°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 16th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) and then stroll the grounds of Hietaniemi Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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."