9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday maker

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki

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Helsinki

— 3 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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kouvola travel route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kouvola to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kouvola in October; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen and then fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli. On your second day here, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

Plan a Koli National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."