13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planner.

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In April, Helsinki is much colder than San Diego - with highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll through Kupittaa Park, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Moomin Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

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Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get outside with Lake Inari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Inari attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in April: high temperatures in Inari hover around 37°F and lows are around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 28th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kongas, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour builder .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 1st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in April, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Ruka ©
Ruka

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli.

To find out how to plan a trip to Koli National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, expect nights in Koli National Park to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then make a trip to Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Kotka

Kotka
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kotka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

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