8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Islamabad

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Marttiini Senaatintori, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Islamabad to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Islamabad in May, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 4th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally see Santa Claus Office. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in May; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

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 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planning site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Rovaniemi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Koli National Park, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Kotka

— 2 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. On the 7th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally stroll around Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kotka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Finland travel guide

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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."