23 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 2 nights
2
Pori
— 2 nights
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
5
Levi
— 2 nights
6
Inari
— 3 nights
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
8
Kotka
— 5 nights

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and Korpo Church. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Bellevue Beach in Hanko, about 1h 55 min away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly and pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku trip maker site.

Moline, USA to Turku is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Moline to Turku is 8 hours. In April, Turku is slightly colder than Moline - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Korpo Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Bellevue Beach
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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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, thenget to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally stop by Patakirppis.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Pori can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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. On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, thenstep into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pori to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, thentake an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, thenfly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and finally look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus.

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

Getting from Mariehamn to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mariehamn in April, with highs in Rovaniemi at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to 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
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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 2nd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, thenstop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip builder app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Adventure

Side Trips

Akaslompolo Sportshop, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
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. Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church are in your itinerary. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari holiday builder.

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakaniemi Market and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, look for gifts at Artisaani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip app.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in May, with highs in Helsinki at °F and lows at °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 ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Linden Esplanade. Explore hidden gems such as Stromforsin Ruukki and St. John's Church. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa in Ruotsinpyhtaa, approximately Ruotsinpyhtaa away. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Lehman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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