17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  27​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Auckland

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Paavolan Tammi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker app .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Queenstown to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Helsinki are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vantaa, Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 8th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiidenvuori, Woikosken Automuseo, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Paha-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Uhrihalkeama and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Step out of Joensuu with an excursion to Koli Shop Retkitupa in Koli--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Joensuu tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Joensuu takes 4 hours. In June in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and then step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, then hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, and then snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

Getting from Joensuu to Vaasa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In June, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning app .

You can fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Safaris

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