20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dresden
+2
train + bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Oulu
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Dresden

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Korouoma Canyon and Auttikongas. Take a break from the city and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Dresden, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dresden to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dresden in July, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Kopara Reindeer Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koitelinkoski and Botanical Garden, University of Oulu. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ainolan Puisto, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, see the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo, and enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip planner .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Koitelinkoski
Koitelinkoski
Hoplop ©
Hoplop

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park. On your second day here, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then get outside with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inari online attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Oulu to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Oulu in July since evenings lows in Inari dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

7
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bellevue Beach and Santalahti Nature Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aurinkolahti Beach and Arboretum Mustila. Venture out of the city with trips to Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porvoo, Bellevue Beach, Santalahti Nature Trail, Aurlahti Beach, Arboretum Mustila
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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