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
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
San Diego

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Hakaniemi Market. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planner .

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Helsinki. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in April, with highs in Helsinki at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Room Escape Games

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stroll through Nasi Park, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip website .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Fun & Games
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Turku journey planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Levi.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 29th (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip planning site .

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in April: high temperatures in Levi hover around 38°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

#Tours, #Adventure, #Trails

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

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

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then get advice or help at Riihisaari, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in May: highs in Savonlinna hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough 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

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. On the 6th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stromforsin ruukki, and then step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Stromforsin ruukki
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

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