23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Inari
— 2 nights
8
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Kuhmo
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Helsinki

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on Nuuksio National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park and then hike along The Archipelago Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning tool .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then head outdoors with Kuuskajaskari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum.

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You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kuuskajaskari
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Kauppahalli, then head outdoors with Superpark Oulu, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally catch some excitement at Oulu Climbing Centre.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu travel route planning website .

Fly from Pori to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pori in October: highs in Oulu hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Superpark Oulu ©
Superpark Oulu
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 12th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Poro Farmi and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Oulu, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Muonio
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lemmenjoki National Park. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Lake Inari and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip builder app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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hours
Kuhmo

Kuhmo
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 21st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kuhmo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Kuhmo takes 3.5 hours. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife Parks Museums
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nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Leivonmaki National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get all the equipment you need at Himos Ski Resort and then stroll through Maki-Matin perhepuisto.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kuhmo to Jyvaskyla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leivonmaki National Park, Himos Ski Resort
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Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park
Himos Ski Resort ©
Himos Ski Resort
Maki-Matin perhepuisto ©
Maki-Matin perhepuisto

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Bosgard Organic Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Porvoo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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