15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h 15 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 15 min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Pori
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
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 SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Auttikongas. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary maker site.

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Rovaniemi at 63°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Fri), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then 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 see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo online visit planner.

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 9th (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 next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sotkamo travel planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. In August in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (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 ©
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 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, then hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking 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.
On the 13th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then trek along Malonsaari, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Imatra online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Imatra to Pori by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki visit planner.

You can drive from Pori to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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