20 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally get your game on at Moomin World. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at Turku City Library, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, then explore the galleries of Louhisaari Manor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Powerpark (in Harma). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, browse the collection at Seinajoki Library, get your game on at Makeitout, and see the interesting displays at Arctic Museum Nanoq.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip website .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Powerpark, Seinajoki Library
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Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library
Powerpark ©
Powerpark

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 10th (Wed), experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Levi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
You've now added Urho Kekkonen National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail.

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

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saariselka to Joensuu. While traveling from Saariselka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joensuu, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Helsinki with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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