15 days in Finland & Spain Itinerary

15 days in Finland & Spain Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland — 2 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Furuvik rantasauna - Furuvik Beach Sauna and Hietaranta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Kamppi Chapel of Silence and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 48°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 2 nights

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 11th (Tue): engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Lapin Panimo and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Rovaniemi at 37°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Barcelona.
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Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Escape the urban bustle at Fenals Beach and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona. Step off the beaten path and head to El Born and Casa Vicens. Venture out of the city with trips to Parish Church of Sant Roma (in Lloret de Mar) and Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt (in Santa Coloma de Cervello). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, stop by Barri de Gracia, and engage your brain at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip website.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Barcelona in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rovaniemi to Barcelona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in October; daily highs in Barcelona reach 73°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Get in touch with nature at Platja d'Illetes and Off Road E-scooter Tour. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castell de Bellver and Catedral de Mallorca. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sa Llotja, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Nicolau, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Eulalia.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Palma de Mallorca online travel planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. October in Palma de Mallorca sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Palma de Mallorca to Helsinki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palma de Mallorca to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in October, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Finland travel guide

4.2
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."
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Majorca travel guide

3.8
Majorca offers much more than 550 km (342 mi) of shoreline, with its golden beaches and tranquil waters ideal for leisurely sailing trips. Although the island’s coastline attracts nearly 8 million tourists each year, away from the most popular beach resorts, chances for an enjoyable and authentic Majorca vacation abound, including exploring its signature limestone cliffs, now popular for cliff jumping. Deeper inland, you'll find rugged mountains and sprawling plains covered with vineyards. In the island’s interior, numerous small restaurants serve delicious and affordable authentic Mediterranean food.
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