22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
9
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
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, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, get a taste of life in the country at Poro Farmi, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi journey app .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, walk around Hupisaaret Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Marjaniemi Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu trip planning site .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September in Oulu, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Oulu

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Haukipudas Church
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Safaris
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Era Eero, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lieksa day trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Lieksa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. September in Lieksa sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Era Eero ©
Era Eero
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get great views at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, examine the collection at Terranova, then see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa planning app .

Getting from Lieksa to Vaasa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Vaasa are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Stundars Museum
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum, and then walk around Riverside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, identify plant and animal life at Hiidenvuori, and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Vaasa to Kouvola takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Riverside Park, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

2
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
On the 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, and then explore the ancient world of Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum, go for a walk through Visavuori, and then identify plant and animal life at Rapola Ridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hameenlinna itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Kouvola to Hameenlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Hameenlinna, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valkeakoski, Parola, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). It doesn't end there: head off the coast to Vepsa Island and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hameenlinna to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island trip builder website .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
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Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik
Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukion Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Laajalahti Nature Reserve, Vantaa Art Museum
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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