17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Lahti
— 1 night
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Vaasa
— 1 night
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Saariselka
— 1 night
5
Muonio
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
7
Lieksa
— 3 nights
8
Joensuu
— 3 nights

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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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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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Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 5th (Sat), ponder the design of Musical Fountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pikku Vesijarvi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiikunlahde, and finally hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Lahti by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Lahti sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollola
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Pikku Vesijarvi ©
Pikku Vesijarvi
Kiikunlahde ©
Kiikunlahde
Musical Fountain
Musical Fountain

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner.

Fly from Lahti to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 7th (Mon), hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip website.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vaasa in October, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Muonio vacation maker website.

Drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Muonio can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, and explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Safaris
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get outdoors at Neitikoski Rapids and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli, Akka-Koli Hill, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Lieksa are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 16th (Wed), explore the activities along Pielinen and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Pirunkirkko, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu tour builder website.

Drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. October in Joensuu sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen