22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Kotka

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner .

Indianapolis, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in March, expect Kotka to be slightly colder, temps between 35°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

3
nights
Koli National Park

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

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 33°F during the day and 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Levi online attractions planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in March, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Setterbergin Puisto, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa day trip tool .

You can fly from Levi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in March, Vaasa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Rauhaniemi Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Linna Golf & Country Club in Haemeenlinna--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Teijo national park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Step out of Turku to go to Hanko and see Bellevue Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: head off the coast to Vepsa Island and view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the striking features of Pohjolan toimitalo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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