22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Helsinki

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mannerheim Museum and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour website.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be slightly colder, around 1°C, while days are colder, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

4
nights
Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Naantali Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, browse the collection at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and ponder the design of Harmonia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

5
nights
Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Yyteri Beach, &more). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, look for gifts at Ideapark, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, and admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan raatihuone. Kids will enjoy Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

1
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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 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip maker app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In October, Inari is a bit cooler than Lappeenranta - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

2
nights
Ranua

Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranua attractions planner.

You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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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."