25 days in Finland Itinerary

25 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Venture out of the city with trips to Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, see Santa Claus Office, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip planning app.

Denver, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and finally surround yourself with nature on Ruka Safaris Ltd - Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo day trip planning site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Paateri, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Vaasa

— 5 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Pietarsaari (Garden of the Schoolparc, Aspegrens Rosenlund, &more) and Mustasaari (Aava Kertun Kotitila & Saltkaret). Spend the 14th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Terranova, make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Vaasa sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sun): take a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with VMB Fishing, admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden, and then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip app.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

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."