23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Tampa International Airport

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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 · Trails
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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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 German Soldier s Cemetery. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Maupertuis Memorial in Pello, approximately Pello away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation maker tool.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

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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 · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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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 · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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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 Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. 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: get interesting insight from Bike Rental - by Carfield, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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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: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). 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

Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

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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 Kymi 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: steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

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 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

Find places to stay May 23 — 27:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.