15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Pori
— 1 day
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Feelapland and Syvasenvaara Fell. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, see Santa Claus Office, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi visit planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Rovaniemi at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally admire all the interesting features of Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 21st (Sun), get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sotkamo online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kuusamo to Sotkamo. In April, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. On the next day, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sotkamo to Koli National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
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.
On the 25th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, stroll through Lempukka Beach, then stroll through Malonsaari, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Imatra online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Imatra. In April, daytime highs in Imatra are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Space Bowling & Billiards.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pori travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Pori takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Space Bowling & Billiards ©
Space Bowling & Billiards

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, stroll through Sibelius Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Pori to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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