31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
San Francisco

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder website .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 5th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

4
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Rosala Viking Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Bengtskar Lighthouse (in Rosala) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku journey planning tool .

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rosala, Louhisaari Manor, Teijo national park, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

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.
On the 11th (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then hit the slopes at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Levi road trip app .

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. In March, Levi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris

3
days
Inari

Visit Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel for their historical value. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Change things up with a short trip to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara (about 1h 30 min away).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary planning website .

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 March, daytime highs in Inari are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida ©
Siida
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

3
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Kiutakongas Rapids and Riisitunturi National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Ruka and Syote National Park. There's more to do: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo tour website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 28°F, while nighttime lows are 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Syote National Park, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

4
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Venajanhiekka and Pielinen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mine Mining Museum and Lutheran Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli Hill & Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail) and Pyha-Hakki National Park (in Saarijarvi). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Kuopio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kuopio, with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Old Mine Mining Museum, Pyha-Hakki National Park, Venajanhiekka
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll get in some beach time at Lammassaari Island and Lempukka Beach. Take a break from the city and head to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Puumalan Lake. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Puumalan Lake, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

4
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santalahti Nature Trail and Lehman. Get some cultural insight at Stromforsin ruukki and Bunker Museum. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and don't miss a visit to St. John's Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kotka planning tool .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, St. John's Church, Salpa Line Museum, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum