8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
On the 5th (Thu), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa tour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 6th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then trek along Akka-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koli National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Sun), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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