13 days in Lapland, Central Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

13 days in Lapland, Central Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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13 days in Lapland, Central Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Bemidji
Fly:  25​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bemidji

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get outdoors at Kopara Reindeer Park and Safaris. There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi route planning app .

Bemidji, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

2
nights
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 16th (Sat), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi tour site .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Saariselka sees daily highs of 29°F and lows of 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hit the slopes at Himos Ski Resort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Petajavesi Old Church. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen luontopolku.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Saariselka to Jyvaskyla takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in March, expect Jyvaskyla to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°F and 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Himos Ski Resort, Petajavesi Old Church
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Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku route planner .

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Outdoors Nature
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House ©
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

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