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 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
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Auttikongas and Feelapland. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 63°F and lows reach 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 Outdoors
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo day trip app .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sotkamo vacation app .

Drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (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 ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. Keep things going the next day: stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herajarvi Hiking Trail, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

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You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): trek along Lammassaari Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. In August in Imatra, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel 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 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then perfect your strike at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pori attractions site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Pori takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Porvoo Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Senate Square, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Pori to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (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
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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