17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Taipei
subway + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  15​h 30​min
End: Taipei

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Teijo national park and Spas & Wellness. Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Norman Travels, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of subway and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Taipei to Helsinki. In October, Helsinki is colder than Taipei - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Teijo national park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), and finally see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): hit the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla day trip app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Petajavesi Old Church, Church of Keuruu, Himos Ski Resort
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route tool .

Traveling by flight from Jyvaskyla to Rovaniemi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Escape the urban bustle at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara--about 1h 30 min away.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi holiday maker tool .

Drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take an in-depth tour of Helsinki City Museum, and then head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in October: highs in Helsinki hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Pihlajasaari Recreational Park ©
Pihlajasaari Recreational Park
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Helsinki City Museum ©
Helsinki City Museum

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