17 days in Helsinki Region, Kuopio & Rovaniemi Itinerary

17 days in Helsinki Region, Kuopio & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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17 days in Helsinki Region, Kuopio & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

5
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 Helsinki Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre (in Vantaa). Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Espoo, Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Venajanhiekka and Pielinen. Step off the beaten path and head to Kolovesi National Park and Linnansaari National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Koli National Park (Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail & Akka-Koli Hill), Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kuopio trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Tahko Farmi, Venajanhiekka, Linnansaari National Park
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pyha-Luosto National Park and Auttikongas. Escape the urban bustle at Kopara Reindeer Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Safaris (in Pyhatunturi). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, look for gifts at LAURI, and snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kuopio to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyhatunturi, Korouoma Canyon, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Safaris

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