17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Paavolan Tammi in Lohjan Island--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary maker.

Santiago, Chile to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 7th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vaasa in October: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Muonio road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Muonio takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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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. Visiting Ukko-Koli and Akka-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Take a break from Lieksa with a short trip to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail in Koli National Park, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Lieksa road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 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 Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 16th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then trek along Hiidenvuori, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."