17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
4
Turku
— 2 nights
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights

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, thenget engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then surround yourself with nature on Tatuka Reindeerfarm. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, thensee Santa Claus Office, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Feelapland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Townsville, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Townsville in October, with highs in Rovaniemi at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Paateri, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Koli National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Koli National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, thensee the interesting displays at Terranova, thenview the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum, and finally make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa day trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Kaupungintalo - City Hall ©
Kaupungintalo - City Hall

2
nights
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 problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, thenstep into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, thentake a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turku online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Naantali
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Room Escape Games
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, thentake a stroll through Linden Esplanade, thenstroll around Sapokka Water Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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 still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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