12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Tue), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by LAURI, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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Toronto, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Rovaniemi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
night
Levi

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 11th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Levi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
On the 12th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Levi in April, you will find days in Vaasa are somewhat warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park travel planner .

Drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, then explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then contemplate the long history of Ankkapurha Culture Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka online visit planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ankkapurha Culture Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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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 18th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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