15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker app .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then step off the mainland to explore Lehman, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then wander the streets of Hamina Old Town.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in February, with highs in Kotka at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Bellevue Beach, then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanko trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Hanko takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Hanko to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Turku are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Louhisaari Manor
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

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 5th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Levi road trip planning app .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in March, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then stop by LAURI, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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