27 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

27 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Los Angeles

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Yyteri Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and stop by Hameenkatu.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online trip builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Tampere is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tampere is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect Tampere to be much colder, temps between 30°F and 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Naantali Old Town and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum in Rauma (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip app.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in February, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Katajanokka and Mannerheim Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heureka and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 11:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in March, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Ranua

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ranua road trip app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Ranua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Attractions like Icekarting Levi and Lapland Safaris Levi make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and Yllas Ski Resort. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Seven Fells Up in Akaslompolo--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 15th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Ranua to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Lapland Safaris Saariselka. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort & Urho Kekkonen National Park).

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Levi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Inari are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.