15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then stroll around Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Kotka sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Salpa Line Museum
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Lieksa (Pielisen Museum & Paateri) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Joensuu takes 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Joensuu are 33°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

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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 21st (Sun): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Levi using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Levi. In March in Levi, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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