15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour builder

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 1 night
Train to Lentoasema, Fly to Pori
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Pori
— 1 day
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Auttikongas and Feelapland. Kids will enjoy Syvasenvaara Fell and Napapiirin Porofarmi. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi itinerary builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip builder app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 10th (Sat), get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo online tour planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. July in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Imatra road trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Pori

— 1 day
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Pori holiday builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Pori in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Pori sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Sibelius Monument. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pori to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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."