17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  32​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Townsville

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then admire all the interesting features of Tatuka Palvelut. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Feelapland.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online holiday maker .

Townsville, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Townsville to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Townsville in October, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Uhrihalkeama, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, take in the pleasant sights at Saltkaret, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, then view the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa trip website .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Kaupungintalo - City Hall ©
Kaupungintalo - City Hall

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Turku are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

2
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Riverside Park ©
Riverside 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.
Pack the 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip app .

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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