8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are much colder, around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, &more) and Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail (in Asikkala). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola online holiday planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Kouvola in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kouvola, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 3 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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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."