15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  18​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
6
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Albuquerque

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Arboretum Mustila and Linden Esplanade. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. John's Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hamina Town Hall.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka vacation planner .

Albuquerque, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Kotka, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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 Mannerheim Museum. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Helsinki sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bellevue Beach and Turku Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Teijo national park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Turku are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
day
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get outside with Seven Fells Up and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Akaslompolo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, Akaslompolo is slightly colder than Turku - with highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): do sightseeing your way with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari trip maker site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Inari, expect temperatures between 29°F during the day and 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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