20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Fukuoka
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Fukuoka

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maritime Centre Vellamo), Porvoo (Runeberg Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, & more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing site .

Fukuoka, Japan to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Fukuoka to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Fukuoka in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka, Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kopara Reindeer Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi driving holiday site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 18th (Sat), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip maker app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in April, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then head outdoors with Lake Inari. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Inari visit planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

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