23 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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23 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
2
Pori
— 2 nights
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
6
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Moline

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with a short trip to Korpo Church in Korpo (about 1h 30 min away). It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku online day trip planner .

Moline, USA to Turku is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moline in April; daily highs in Turku reach 46°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Korpo Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 27th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally stop by Patakirppis.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Pori day trip planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally head off the coast to Kobba Klintar.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Pori to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then stop by Lapland Forestry Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and finally stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Rovaniemi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mariehamn in April; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 38°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Winter Sports
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Levi route planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trips

Akaslompolo Sportshop, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll explore and learn at Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Boss Shop. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 60°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

5
nights
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. Visit Stromforsin ruukki and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and St. John's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). There's much more to do: stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, step off the mainland to explore Lehman, and contemplate the long history of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary app .

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki