16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

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

San Diego, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect Kotka to be colder, temps between 45°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Fuksinpuisto Park ©
Fuksinpuisto Park

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

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Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

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

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 26th (Thu), trek along Paha-Koli Hill, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuusamo.

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

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip planning website .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in April, expect Kuusamo to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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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 29th (Sun): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas ©
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

Before you visit Levi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Levi, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Inari

Inari ©
On the 2nd (Wed), experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, then examine the collection at Siida, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Inari tour planning website .

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Inari in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

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Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

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

2
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.
On the 6th (Sun), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, have some family-friendly fun at Flytour XD Helsinki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
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Rock Church
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