17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kouvola visit planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Kouvola to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Tampere, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. November in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Koli National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In November, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the activities along Wanha Raatesalmi and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

Planning Kuusamo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in November; daily highs in Kuusamo reach -1°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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 13th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."