15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, around 26°F, while days are much colder, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 18th (Mon), stroll through Pyha-Nattanen Fell, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, and finally look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saariselka tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Saariselka sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Lapland Safaris Levi, then get your game on at Kids' Land, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Levi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Levi sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To plan Tampere vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Levi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Rauma and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki & Rauma Art Museum) and Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Turku are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kallio Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Heureka (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), shop like a local with Galerie Anhava, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning website.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."