15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly + Drive:  37​h
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 1 night
3
Inari
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Wellington

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Akaslompolo is an approximately 37-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Akaslompolo is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect Akaslompolo to be cooler, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
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 6th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inari travel route builder app .

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Inari, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, then stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Inari to Koli National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Inari in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koli National Park, with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 10th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Koli National Park to Vaasa by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Mon), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere journey maker app .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tampere are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku online route maker .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, admire the landmark architecture of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kotka are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip builder .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

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