16 days in Helsinki Region, Vaasa & Inari Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki Region, Vaasa & Inari Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Vaasa
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Inari
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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Krakow, Poland to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Krakow to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Krakow in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala. Take a break from Vaasa with a short trip to Powerpark in Harma, about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: make a splash at Tropiclandia and sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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Inari

— 8 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Ruijanpolku Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Inari and Juutua Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Angry Birds Activity Park & Lapland Safaris Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

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You can drive from Vaasa to Inari in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vaasa in August, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

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