8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Edinburgh, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Levi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly to Manchester, Train to Durham

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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

Durham, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durham in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas
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Kotka

— 1 night
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. On the 20th (Mon), take a stroll through Hamina Old Town and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kotka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kotka

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 21st (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kotka to Inari by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kotka in March; daily highs in Inari reach -1°C and lows reach -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 23rd (Thu), visit Ounasjoki - River for activities and then relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planning site.

Drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Neighborhoods · Spas
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
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Finland travel guide

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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."