17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly:  27 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Auckland

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Helsinki. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in June: highs in Helsinki hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

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

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uhrihalkeama and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Pielinen, Akka-Koli Hill, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli).

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Joensuu in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, thenexamine the collection at Terranova, and then explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, and then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Joensuu to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

3
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 15th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel tool.

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
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