15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  18​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Pori
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Posio
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Tampa

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku route builder tool .

Tampa, USA to Turku is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in June; daily highs in Turku reach 64°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Patakirppis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Pori are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Patakirppis ©
Patakirppis

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 5th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Pori to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pori in June, with highs in Saariselka at 57°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Akaslompolo

On the 6th (Thu), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Posio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Posio trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Posio takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Posio are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Posio

Nature Parks
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Change things up with a short trip to Sibelius Hall in Lahti (about 1h 45 min away). Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, stop by Marimekko, enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, and stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Posio to Helsinki. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Posio in June, with highs in Helsinki at 65°F and lows at 50°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sibelius Hall, Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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