8 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Turku
— 1 night
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally walk around Kultaranta Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour itinerary planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Turku is an approximately 6-hour car ride. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
day
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Akaslompolo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in March, expect Akaslompolo to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 15th (Fri), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Saariselka are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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