18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Punkaharju
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Vuokatti
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Salla
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Groningen

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), and finally steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip website .

Groningen, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Groningen in September, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) ©
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti)

3
nights
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Step out of the city life by going to Imatra Waterfall and Linnansaari National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Imatra (Malonsaari & Lammassaari Island). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Punkaharju online itinerary builder .

Getting from Helsinki to Punkaharju by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September in Punkaharju, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Imatra, Kerimaki Church, Siikalahti Wetland, Olavinlinna Castle, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

3
nights
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Take a break from the city and head to Venajanhiekka and Hiukka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kainuun Vaellustalli and Hiidenportti National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vuokatti vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Punkaharju to Vuokatti in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Vuokatti can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sotkamo, Venajanhiekka
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

4
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Explore hidden gems such as Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. Get in touch with nature at Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Explore Salla's surroundings by going to Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop (in Kuusamo) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Salla trip planner .

You can drive from Vuokatti to Salla in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Salla are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuusamo, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Kopara Reindeer Park and Eeron Polku Trail. Get some historical perspective at Church of Sodankyla and Kemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning website .

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pello, Tornio Church, Kemi Church, Church of Sodankyla, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas