18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly
7
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): get a taste of life in the country at Aava Kertun Kotitila and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mustasaari online travel planner.

Getting from Turku to Mustasaari by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. October in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and stroll through Paha-Koli Hill.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park day trip app.

Getting from Mustasaari to Koli National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Koli National Park in October: highs in Kuusamo hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola online trip builder.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kouvola, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 1°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."