10 days in Finland & Lakeland Itinerary

10 days in Finland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. In April, Helsinki is much colder than New Delhi - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park

2
nights
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 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden. On your second day here, stroll around Sibelius Park and then get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Kotka sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kotka

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tykkimaki Amusement Park
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 9th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and finally examine the collection at Pielisen Museum. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and then admire the sheer force of Tarhapuro Waterfall.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kotka to Lieksa in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In April in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Winter Sports Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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 Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen ©
Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip app.

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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