15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Tallinn

3
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 and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Alvar Aalto's studio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning site .

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 2-hour ferry ride. You can also fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then explore the galleries of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, and finally stroll through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kouvola travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Woikosken Automuseo, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kouvola in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi journey planning website .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Get in touch with nature at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Go for a jaunt from Lieksa to Koli to see Koli Shop Retkitupa about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and stroll through Paha-Koli Hill.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa road trip app .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Lieksa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In June in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

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