9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Rome

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.
Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki vacation maker tool .

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and make a trip to Paateri.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Santa Claus Office and then meet the residents at Feelapland.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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