12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nantes
Fly:  8​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
3
Espoo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sodankyla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Nantes


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Natura Viva. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then get in touch with nature with Natura Viva, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then trek along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site .

Nantes, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nantes to Helsinki. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nantes in May, with highs in Helsinki at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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. You've now added Sea Fortress Suomenlinna to your itinerary. Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Marian Kirkko. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa), Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & Ankkapurha Culture Park) and Porvoo (Castle Hill & The Runeberg Home). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, make a trip to Hamina Town Hall, expand your understanding of the military at Main Building of Military School, and contemplate the long history of Kotka Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka itinerary planner.

Nantes, France to Kotka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Nantes to Kotka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Kotka is little chillier than Nantes - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Porvoo, Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Loviisan kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. You've now added Nuuksio National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Raseborg Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hvittrask, then admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Espoo vacation website .

Getting from Kotka to Espoo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Espoo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hvittrask, Raseborg Castle
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Espoo to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Espoo in May: high temperatures in Inari hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sodankyla trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Sodankyla takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sodankyla are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Luosto ©
Luosto
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip site .

Drive from Sodankyla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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