16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

San Diego
Fly:  17​h
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
San Diego

5
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.
Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route planning website .

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in April, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 47°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

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#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
day
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 28th (Sat): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and then browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 1.5 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Turku.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
City Sokos ©
City Sokos

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Turku sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Levi.

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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 1st (Tue): explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On your second day here, glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in April, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 38°F and lows about 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
day
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 3rd (Thu): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mustasaari.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
days
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 5th (Sat), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Vaasa, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

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