7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Porvoo
— 1 night
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday planning website.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Helsinki hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku travel planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Porvoo.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Porvoo

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): stop by Riimikko and then enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka.

Find out how to plan Porvoo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Turku to Porvoo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and then soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Porvoo to Koli National Park. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Spas · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 15th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Oulu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
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Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

North Karelia travel guide

3.8
Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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