16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Paavolan Tammi. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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3
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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Aijanniemi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, walk around Riverside Park, and trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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3
nights
Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Vitikkala Manor and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Escape the urban bustle at Rauhaniemi Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tampere route app.

You can drive from Kotka to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampere in March; daily highs in Saariselka reach -1°C and lows reach -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails
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Highlights from your trip

2
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Levi

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 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, and then take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online day trip planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."