9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
2
Saarijarvi
— 1 day
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

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 23rd (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary website.

Madrid, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Madrid in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Saarijarvi

— 1 day
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saarijarvi trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saarijarvi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Saarijarvi: highs are around 1°C and lows about -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks · Nature
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online vacation planner.

Drive from Saarijarvi to Tampere in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku online trip maker.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Helsinki are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

Central Finland travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Southwest Finland travel guide

4.3
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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