8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with VMB Fishing, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Turku is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Turku reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere day trip site.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vaasa trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Levi trip builder website.

You can fly from Vaasa to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vaasa in October, with highs in Levi at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Highlights from your trip

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): head outdoors with Lake Inari, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take a stroll through Katajanokka, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · 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."