19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): walk around Riverside Park, steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally admire the striking features of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planning website.

Mumbai, India to Kotka is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. In March, Kotka is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Makravaara Hill and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. March in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, and then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salla trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Salla in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in March, Salla is little chillier at night with lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luosto online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Salla to Luosto takes 2 hours. In March in Luosto, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi holiday planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Luosto in March, with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari day trip site.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in March: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 3°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Old Market Hall and Kamppi Shopping Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and stop by Ullanlinna.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.