22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
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Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Visavuori in Valkeakoski--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel route builder tool.

Nimes, France to Tampere is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nimes in May; daily highs in Tampere reach 17°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get interesting insight from VMB Fishing, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku journey builder app.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mustasaari road trip planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Mustasaari in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Levi

— 2 nights
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 8th (Sun): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lapland Safaris Levi. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Levi itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Mustasaari to Levi with the Route module. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mustasaari in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Levi to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ukko-Koli, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and Head underground at Pirunkirkko.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, you will find days in Koli National Park are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kotka

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, stroll around Riverside Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."