18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in October; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. October in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 5th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyhatunturi to Savonlinna. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pyhatunturi in October; daily highs in Savonlinna reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Mustasaari by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Palace of Junnelius, take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Pori online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Pori takes 3 hours. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Naantali Church
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday builder .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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