Nelson's Scandinavia
Chicago, IL



Day 1 Depart from Helsinki by rental car driving west leaving the main roads and joining the “Kings Road” a tourist route winding through small towns and villages. This road once linked the Kingdom of Sweden with the Russian Empire. Our goal today is Turku the oldest city in Finland and the former capital. Overnight accommodation.
Day 2 On our way to Tampere situated on a narrow isthmus between two large lakes. Enjoy the lake scenery from the top of the Näsinneula observation tower or from an optional tour on a sightseeing boat. Overnight in a lakeside hotel in the scenic Pyynikki ridge area.
Day 3 We continue our tour to Vaasa passing green plains and small rural towns. The Ähtäri Zoo can be visited with a short detour. Vaasa offers many attractions take a sightseeing cruise into the archipelago off the city shoreline. Overnight accommodation.
Day 4 Kokkola is our destination today running from island to island on the scenic route known as the Seven Bridges Road. Experience the regions tar-making and seafaring traditions and admire the skillfully constructed wooden houses. Overnight accommodation.
Day 5 Driving north our next destination is Oulu passing Kalajoki and its sandy beaches and Raahe with a well preserved wooden town area. Oulu is famous for state-of-the-art technology Overnight accommodation.
Day 6 Santa Claus is waiting in Rovaniemi right on the Arctic Circle and he can be visited in his workshop village every day of the year. How about a visit to a reindeer farm or whitewater rafting. Overnight accommodation.
Day 7 Breakfast then drive to the airport for a flight to Helsinki after returning the rental car.