16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kemi
3
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then don't miss a visit to Senate Square. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker.

Durban, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Durban in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Savonlinna (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Olavinlinna Castle). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip maker website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get slightly colder in Lappeenranta: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kemi SnowCastle.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Kemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lappeenranta in March, plan for little chillier nights in Kemi, with lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Lapland Safaris Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Levi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Levi, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Saariselka

— 4 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
You've now added Polar Creek to your itinerary. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka journey planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki online trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."