11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Accra

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nasin Kartanon Galleria will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Riimikko (in Porvoo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .

Accra, Ghana to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ghana Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Accra in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Paavolan Tammi, Arboretum Mustila
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 25th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then admire the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vaasa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Vaasa sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 26th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, walk around Hupisaaret Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppahalli. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, then examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, then shop like a local with Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oulu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Oulu are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Mon), wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Oulu in October, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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