15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 day
Train
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Akaslompolo

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then glide through natural beauty at Seven Fells Up.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo holiday planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Akaslompolo is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Wellington in March, things will get cooler in Akaslompolo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
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Levi

— 1 night
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 6th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip website.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March in Levi, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure · Winter Sports · Tours · Outdoors
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Inari are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Koli National Park

— 1 night
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 8th (Fri), trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inari to Koli National Park. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Inari in March since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Vaasa

— 1 day
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa route planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in March, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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 11th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Spas
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Kotka

— 1 night
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 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then visit Linden Esplanade, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Kotka, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

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."