22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Luosto
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Portland

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning site .

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than Portland - with highs of 37°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Ruka has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sun), fly down the slopes at Ruka and then ski along the peaceful trails at Ski Resort Suomutunturi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, then view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kuusamo at 23°F and lows at 11°F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ski Resort Suomutunturi, Pentik Hill
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

3
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaakkola Reindeer Farm. On the 25th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Jaakkola Reindeer Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, explore the world behind art at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Luosto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Luosto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Luosto when traveling from Kuusamo in December, with lows around 6°F. You will leave for Savonlinna on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Luosto

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Jaakkola Reindeer Farm ©
Jaakkola Reindeer Farm
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Olavinlinna Castle. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Lietvesi Scenic Road, then make a trip to Ruokolahden Kirkko, and then brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Savonlinna: highs are around 29°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Punkaharju, Lietvesi Scenic Road, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Johanna Oras Art Gallery ©
Johanna Oras Art Gallery
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Claus Village. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Parks
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

3
nights
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 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities. On your second day here, ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Levi, with lows around -1°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

The Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi