15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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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
Drive:  3 h 30 min
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Auttikongas and Santa Claus Office. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in April; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo day trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Kuusamo to Sotkamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. 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) to allow enough time to 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 ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking Trail
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malonsaari, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Imatra trip maker website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Imatra

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

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 26th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Imatra to Pori in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat 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 Porvoo Old Town and Sibelius Monument. Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning website.

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
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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