9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
— 1 night



— 4 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 an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:


— 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 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Finland travel guide

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."