15 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Cairns
Fly + Drive:  27 h
1
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Cairns

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Teijo National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hanko, use our trip itinerary maker.

Cairns, Australia to Hanko is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairns to Hanko due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get colder in Hanko: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hit the slopes at Ruka, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. On the next day, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kuusamo online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hanko to Kuusamo. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hanko in February, with highs in Kuusamo at -5°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
nights
Saariselka

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 28th (Fri), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saariselka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Saariselka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

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.
On the 1st (Sun), fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): fly down the slopes at Kids' Land and then get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi holiday planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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 5th (Thu): hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, thensee Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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