8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Cardiff

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip planning app .

Cardiff, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Cardiff in October, plan for much colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lieksa attractions planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Lieksa are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Lieksa to Helsinki with the Route module. When traveling from Lieksa in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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