9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Helsinki is 8 hours. In September, Helsinki is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 7th (Tue), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku sightseeing website.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in September: highs in Saariselka hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."