9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki route builder website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trip

Naantali
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa travel site .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Vaasa in September: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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