9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

Orlando, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Orlando in October, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lieksa in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lieksa, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Angry Birds Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Lieksa in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 37°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games
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Finland travel guide

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."