18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Punkaharju
— 3 nights
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Vuokatti
— 3 nights
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Salla
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, meet the residents at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), and finally steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nuuksio National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki visit app.

Groningen, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Groningen in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Punkaharju

— 3 nights
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Explore hidden gems such as Imatra Waterfall and Punkaharju Ridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Imatra (Malonsaari & Lammassaari Island).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Punkaharju visit planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Punkaharju by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Vuokatti

— 3 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Hiidenportti National Park and Venajanhiekka. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kainuun Vaellustalli and Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Vuokatti vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Punkaharju to Vuokatti takes 4 hours. September in Vuokatti sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Salla

— 4 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Step off the beaten path and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Riisitunturi National Park. Get in touch with nature at Karhunkierros and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuusamo (Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop & Kiutakongas Rapids). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salla online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vuokatti to Salla takes 4.5 hours. September in Salla sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. Step off the beaten path and head to Hiidenkirnut and Tornio Church. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla), Pello (Maupertuis Memorial & Eeron Polku Trail) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and admire the striking features of Kemi Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."