22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  30​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Wellington

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning website .

Wellington, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In March, Helsinki is much colder than Wellington - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Turku Castle
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, & more).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in March, with highs in Saariselka at -1°C and lows at -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Snow Village (in Kittila), Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Seven Fells Up
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Keep things going the next day: hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lieksa trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In March, daytime highs in Lieksa are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 19th (Thu), explore the venue of Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, and then cruise along Puumalan Lake. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, don't miss a visit to Naisvuori Observation Tower, head outdoors with Lietvesi Scenic Road, then make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, and finally take in the views from Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mikkeli trip planner .

Drive from Lieksa to Mikkeli in 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Puumala, St. George Church
Highlights from your plan
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake

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