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
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Kotka
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
San Francisco

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto and Hietaranta Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 37°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

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Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
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Kansallisgalleria

3
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Moomin Museum. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

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Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Tampere sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 21°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

4
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Relax by the water at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, stroll through Kultaranta Garden, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Turku are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kultaranta Garden, Teijo national park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seven Fells Up and Ice Karting Levi. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in March, expect Levi to be little chillier, temps between 31°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Seven Fells Up
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
days
Inari

Inari ©
Step out of the city life by going to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lake Inari. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siida and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
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Siida ©
Siida
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kiutakongas Rapids and Riisitunturi National Park. Get outdoors at Ruka and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°F, and evening lows to 12°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

4
days
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Venajanhiekka and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli Hill. Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes).

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Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in March, Koli National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Paalasmaan Surukivi, Nurmes Church, Venajanhiekka
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

5
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. Appreciate the collections at Salpa Line Museum and Maritime Centre Vellamo. We've included these beaches for you: Santalahti Nature Trail and Lehman. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, daytime highs in Kotka are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki