20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Luosto (in Sodankyla) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, see Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route builder website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Rovaniemi is cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa and then explore the activities along Pielinen. On your second day here, make a trip to Paateri and then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park journey planning app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums · Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stop by Hameenkatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Lappeenranta Fortress (in Lappeenranta) and Lahti (Sibelius Hall & Motorcycle Museum of Finland). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's more to do: trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola road trip planning app.

Getting from Tampere to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:

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."