18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Levi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
7
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi driving holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Levi is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Levi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in March, with highs in Levi at 0°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Adventure

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 6th (Wed), glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the next day, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ruka, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Kuusamo when traveling from Rovaniemi in March, with lows around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Ruka ©
Ruka

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Pielinen.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park itinerary site .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Koli National Park, with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, examine the collection at Stundars Museum, then head outdoors with Ojberget, and finally see the interesting displays at Terranova.

Plan trip to Vaasa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Ojberget ©
Ojberget

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kouvola trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of flight and train from Vaasa to Kouvola in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

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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.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary tool .

Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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