16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  17 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then visit Linden Esplanade, then admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online travel route planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kouvola sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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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.
On the 26th (Sat), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kouvola in December, with highs in Levi at 22°F and lows at 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and see Santa Claus Office.

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You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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