23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Muonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sodankyla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Taatsin seita.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kittila trip itinerary maker app .

New York City, USA to Kittila is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Kittila to be much colder, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Kittila

Tours Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

3
nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Escape the urban bustle at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Enontekio Church and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Change things up with a short trip to Konijanka Petting Zoo in Akaslompolo (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Muonio visit website .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Muonio takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Konijanka Petting Zoo, Enontekio Church
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Siida & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saariselka road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Muonio to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. In May in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sodankyla trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Sodankyla takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sodankyla can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church and then admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi trip planner .

Drive from Sodankyla to Kemi in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Tornio Church ©
Tornio Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visit German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. Change things up with a short trip to Maupertuis Memorial in Pello (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Lordi's Square, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, and see Santa Claus Office.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions planning site .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Maupertuis Memorial
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
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 16th (Thu), admire the striking features of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuuksio National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 20th (Mon), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then contemplate the long history of Stromso, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and finally see the interesting displays at Arctic Museum Nanoq.

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You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Arctic Museum Nanoq, Raippaluodon Silta
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

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