17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Santiago

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Change things up with a short trip to Paavolan Tammi in Lohjan Island (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Santiago, Chile to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago to Helsinki. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko and then get great views at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Vaasa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planning website .

Getting from Vaasa to Saariselka by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Trails 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 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Muonio route builder tool .

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Elan Ski Shop & Rental
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi itinerary planning website .

Drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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 some cultural insight at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Take a break from the city and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli. There's still lots to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa online visit planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

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

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Hiidenvuori, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Woikosken Automuseo, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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