15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport

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Kotka

— 2 nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Beach Mansikkalahti and Arboretum Mustila. Visit St. John's Church and Main Building of Military School for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Marian Kirkko (in Hamina) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and stroll around Riverside Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

Albuquerque, USA to Kotka is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to Kotka is 9 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in March, plan for cooler days in Kotka, with highs around 35°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Visit Mannerheim Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Turku Cathedral and Galleria Joella are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Teijo National Park in Pernio, approximately Pernio away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku route maker site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In March in Turku, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

Akaslompolo

— 1 day
Kick 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.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary tool.

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

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 13th (Wed), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Levi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 15th (Fri), wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planner.

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.