17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Taipei
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  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.
Visiting Teijo National Park and Norman Travels will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa to see Stromforsin Ruukki about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip builder.

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Taipei in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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), examine the collection 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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

Before you visit Tampere, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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): fly down the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, and then admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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): look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jyvaskyla to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Jyvaskyla in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Inari online tour planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 30th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then take an in-depth tour of Helsinki City Museum, and then head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°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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