17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki — 6 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Washington, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in September, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 61°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Saariselka — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in September, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.
Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports · Nature
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Levi — 2 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 3rd (Tue), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Ounasjoki - River for activities, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Foxfires Arctic Spa Sauna Experience.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in October, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Naantali.
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Naantali — 2 nights

Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Naantali Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naantali trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Naantali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in October: high temperatures in Naantali hover around 48°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Tampere — 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Old Rauma. Get a sense of the local culture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Stone Castle of Pirunvuori. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum (in Rauma) and Yyteri Beach (in Pori). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Naantali to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Finland travel guide

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."