15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), examine the collection at Design Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Helsinki at 33°F and lows at 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Visiting Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari, approximately Inari away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in February; daily highs in Saariselka reach 22°F and lows reach 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and then get a dose of the wild on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Muonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Muonio takes 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Muonio are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ruka.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°F, and evening lows to 12°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
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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 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, Turku is somewhat warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Archipelago National Park and Oro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Soderlangvik Gard and Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

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