23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Levi
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
5
Turku
— 4 nights
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
7
Kotka
— 4 nights

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 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, thenview the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi route tool.

Tampa, USA to Levi is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tampa to Levi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Maupertuis Memorial. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

Plan trip to Rovaniemi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Maupertuis Memorial
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, thenexamine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, get curious at Tietomaa, and then examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Oulu vacation website.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Oulu, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko, steep yourself in history at Stromso, and then explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, see the interesting displays at Terranova, thenexamine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tikanoja Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip maker site.

Drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the collection at Turku City Library, trek along The Archipelago Trail, and contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Turku sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, head outdoors with King's Road, and hike along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, King's Road, Nuuksio National Park, Hiidenkirnut, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
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. Get some historical perspective at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Appreciate the collections at Art Centre Salmela and Lappeenranta Fortress. Step out of Kotka to go to Kouvola and see Repovesi National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kymi Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Art Centre Salmela, Lappeenranta Fortress, Repovesi National Park
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©

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