15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: San Diego

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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Ullanlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Helsinki is 10 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki 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.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll through Kurjenrahka National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, see the interesting displays at Spy Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere online trip builder .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Tampere sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 12th (Tue), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari itinerary maker site .

Drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Getting from Mustasaari to Akaslompolo by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly. In March, Akaslompolo is little chillier than Mustasaari - with highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris

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