9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Porto

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning website.

Porto, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Helsinki is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Porto in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa visit planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Vaasa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder.

Drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Saariselka with the Route module. Traveling from Koli National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saariselka, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
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Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): trek along Keimiotunturi Fell.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Muonio trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In September in Muonio, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Finland travel guide

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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."