15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare and then stroll through Ruka. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Kuusamo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Kuusamo, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Kuusamo is little chillier than Seattle - with highs of 50°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Ruka ©
Ruka
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

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 11th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, make a trip to Snow Village, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Levi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kuusamo to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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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 13th (Mon): browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planner .

Getting from Levi to Turku by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in May, with highs in Turku at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 15th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip site .

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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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. On the 17th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Bunker Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum, Marian Kirkko
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey maker site .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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