15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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 19th (Sun): stroll through Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then go for a walk through Stromforsin ruukki, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kotka tour itinerary maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kotka due to the time zone difference. In May, Kotka is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ruotsinpyhtaa
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parikkala Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then stroll through Ruka. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip builder tool .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, Kuusamo is slightly colder than Savonlinna - with highs of 50°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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 25th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then make a trip to Snow Village, and finally stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Levi day trip website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 27th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, gain insight at Abo Akademi, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally make a trip to Naantali Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In May, Turku is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Wed), stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then get your game on at Portaali VR, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary website .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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nights
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 Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Rock Church.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planning site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Spas

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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