17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner
Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Helsinki — 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.
Get some cultural insight at Design District and The Esplanadi Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Hietaniemi Cemetery, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, head off the coast to Vallisaari, and learn about all things military at Submarine Vesikko.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel planning site.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Madrid in September, plan for cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
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Rovaniemi — 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Korouoma Canyon. Visit Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ranua-Revontuli Oy (in Ranua) and Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Tornio Golf, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Santa Claus' Main Post Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Turku, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Helsinki — 7 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Hanko (Tulliniemi Nature Path, Bellevue Beach, &more). Enjoy Helsinki some more: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Side Trips
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Finland travel guide

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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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