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

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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. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday site .

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. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, stroll around Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, then stroll around Sibelius Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Kotka are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Lieksa (Pielisen Museum & Paateri). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu day trip planning site .

You can drive from Kotka to Joensuu in 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): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Levi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can 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: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in March, and nighttime lows around 17°F. 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