23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Kotka
— 4 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then view 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 50°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Adventure
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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

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 Napapiirin Porofarmi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Maupertuis Memorial. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

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 51°F during the day and 37°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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then examine 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 54°F during the day and 39°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 · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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, then examine 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 56°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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

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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 Turku Cathedral. Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, trek along The Archipelago Trail, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip app.

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, hike along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and cruise along King's Road.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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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 Maritime Centre Vellamo. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Lappeenranta Fortress (in Lappeenranta). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kymi Church.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip site.

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 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©

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