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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, stop by Okra, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online road trip planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Salt Lake City in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 40°F by day to 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 19th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with Dive Finland Oy, then examine the collection at Gallen-Kallela Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral, engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, then admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then have fun and explore at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, and finally browse the different shops at Iso Omena.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Espoo tour site.

Espoo is just a stone's throw from Helsinki. In November, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Espoo

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip builder tool.

Getting from Espoo to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
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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 23rd (Mon): see Santa Claus Office.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Turku in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at 28°F and lows at 20°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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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."