17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Luosto to see Luosto Adventures about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi.

Before you visit Rovaniemi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Amsterdam, Holland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Luosto Adventures
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Lieksa (Paateri & Pielisen Museum). There's much more to do: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rovaniemi to Joensuu. In September, daytime highs in Joensuu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Joensuu to Kotka in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

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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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Louhisaari Manor in Askainen, approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and get your game on at Moomin World.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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