17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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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 Paavolan Tammi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site.

Santiago, Chile to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Helsinki is 6 hours. 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) to allow enough time to 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
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Vaasa

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 more things to do, maps, other places to visit, 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

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

1
night
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.
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 more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, 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

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. 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 traveler tips, ratings, reviews, 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

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 reviews, where to stay, maps, 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
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
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. Visiting Akka-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lieksa: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli & Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail). It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids and make a trip to Paateri.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

2
nights
Kouvola

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 more things to do, maps, where to stay, 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

Side Trips

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

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