8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Helsinki, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online holiday maker.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Kuhmo

— 3 nights
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Your day by day itinerary now includes Boreal Wildlife Centre. Explore Kuhmo's surroundings by going to Hiidenportti National Park (in Sotkamo) and Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti (in Suomussalmi). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kuhmo day trip site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuhmo in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kuhmo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

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."