18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Levi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​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:  6​h
6
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
7
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​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.
On the 13th (Sat), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and then shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Levi holiday planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Levi is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Levi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in Levi reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Tours

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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo sightseeing tool .

Traveling by bus from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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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 17th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) 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 19th (Fri): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, explore and take pictures at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Akka-Koli Hill.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kuusamo to Koli National Park. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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 24th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, then head outdoors with Ojberget, and finally examine the collection at Terranova.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa online travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Vaasa with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

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 26th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Kouvola by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) 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 27th (Sat), admire the striking features of Rock Church, then brush up on your military savvy 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 striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 29th (Mon), 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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