8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Train to London Gatwick, Fly to Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter



— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online journey planner.

Exeter, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Koli National Park

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Mon), hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip builder site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

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— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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."