18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC


2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder app .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in February, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, around 14°F, while days are colder, around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, then get interesting insight from The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then examine the collection at Siida. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get outside with Lake Inari, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Shopping Museums
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip planning website .

You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in February, and nighttime lows around 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
On the 1st (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Tropiclandia, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vaasa trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in March, things will get a bit warmer in Vaasa: highs are around 36°F and lows about 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma & The Church of the Holy Cross). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku vacation planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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.
Pack the 8th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll through Sibelius Monument, make a trip to Senate Square, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in March, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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