21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Posio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Train
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly to Turun lentoasema, Bus to Tampere
8
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in October, with highs in Rovaniemi at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Posio

— 1 night
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Riisitunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Posio road trip website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Posio by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Posio

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyhatunturi, then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures, then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto.

Plan a Pyhatunturi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Posio to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pyhatunturi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Take a break from Kuopio with a short trip to Tahko Spa in Tahkovuori, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio holiday website.

Getting from Saariselka to Kuopio by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in October, expect Kuopio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, meet the residents at Maretarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola travel route builder website.

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Kouvola takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Mariehamn

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Badhuset Mariebad. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn online holiday builder.

You can fly from Kouvola to Mariehamn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Tampere

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and examine the collection at Sara Hilden Art Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mariehamn in October since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Helsinki

— 3 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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.