12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Tampere
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Guide-Matti in Tammisaari, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Wroclaw, Poland to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Wroclaw to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wroclaw in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 48°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Saariselka.
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Saariselka — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Inarin Hopea in Inari, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Northern Lights Riders, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Saariselka at 37°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 2 nights

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Kouvola's Model Railway Museum, look for gifts at Kouvola Museum Quarter, then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Kouvola is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 44°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Turku.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, then explore the galleries of Louhisaari Manor, and finally learn about all things military at Sa-int Maanpuolustusmuseo. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Turku online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then see the interesting displays at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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