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
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Your Piece Of Finland, stop by LAURI, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

#Parks, #Nature
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Muonio route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Muonio takes 3 hours. When traveling from Pyhatunturi in May, plan for slightly colder days in Muonio, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Muonio

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Muonio to Mustasaari takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Muonio in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Mustasaari: highs are around 56°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Getting from Mustasaari to Savonlinna by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and have fun at Moomin World.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo, and appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Museums
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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