11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Kouvola
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Groningen

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nuuksio National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

Groningen, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Groningen to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, then examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kouvola road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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. Get in touch with nature at Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: hike along Akka-Koli Hill and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Fri), browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Traveling by car from Lieksa to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Lieksa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rovaniemi City Library ©
Rovaniemi City Library

2
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 1st (Sat): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Levi day trip tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Levi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Levi

Trails Adventure Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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