17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Lahti
— 1 night
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then explore the activities along Pikku Vesijarvi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiikunlahde, and finally stroll through Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti online itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lahti in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lahti are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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

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.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lahti to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 7th (Mon), hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip builder app .

You can fly from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vaasa in October: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

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

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Muonio holiday app .

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In October in Muonio, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Scandinavian Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

3
nights
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 Arctic Emotions Oy and Safaris. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Poro Farmi, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
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 Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Neitikoski Rapids. There's much more to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa vacation planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough 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
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

3
nights
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. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Pirunkirkko, then trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Joensuu online holiday planner .

Getting from Lieksa to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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