18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Harma
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Naantali
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Ranua Zoo. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi vacation builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. In August, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Brussels - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Attractions like Nallikari Beach and Outdoors Oulu Oy make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Hupisaaret Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and have some family-friendly fun at Hoplop.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Harma.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Harma

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Powerpark.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Harma journey website.

You can drive from Oulu to Harma in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Harma

Theme Parks
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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Yyteri Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Pori Art Museum & Kirjurinluoto), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website.

Getting from Harma to Tampere by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naantali.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Naantali

— 1 night
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the galleries of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, then get your game on at Moomin World, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naantali vacation app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Naantali takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Naantali

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip builder.

Getting from Naantali to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
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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."