10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Central Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Central Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Oulu
— 1 day
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
7
Jamsa
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Ben Gurion International Airport

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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip maker site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Oulu is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with highs in Oulu at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 22nd (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online vacation planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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 23rd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Levi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park.

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Getting from Levi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Levi in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Turku, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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 26th (Sun), walk around Sapokka Water Garden, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lehman.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kotka online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jamsa.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Jamsa

Jämsä is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Leivonmaki National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jamsa trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Jamsa takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Jamsa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jamsa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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