9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

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: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the activities along Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and make a trip to Paateri.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: highs in Koli National Park hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:


— 1 night

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 18th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker site.

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 in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

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."