15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Cairns
Fly:  23​h
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
Cairns

3
days
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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool .

Cairns, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairns to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cairns in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
days
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum and then head off the coast to Lehman.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in February, with highs in Kotka at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Stromforsin ruukki
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally browse the exhibits of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
days
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 4th (Mon): stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Tampere

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
day
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 6th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Kuusamo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in March, with highs in Kuusamo at -2°C and lows at -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
days
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuusamo to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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