31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Porvoo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Oulu
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Kilpisjarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
13
Rauma
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
15
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
16
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 2nd (Thu), stop by Riimikko, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and then browse the exhibits of Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Nasin Kartanon Galleria.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Porvoo journey site .

Melbourne, Australia to Porvoo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Porvoo, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Porvoo sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hiidenkirnut, Stromforsin ruukki, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Highlights from your plan
Nasin Kartanon Galleria ©
Nasin Kartanon Galleria
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo ©
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Hiidenkirnut ©
Hiidenkirnut

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola trip planner .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila
Highlights from your plan
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 6th (Mon), stop by MyGoodKnife, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and then cruise along Puumalan Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta travel route planner.

Take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Kummakivi Boulder, Puumalan Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna visit website .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Kummakivi Boulder, Siikalahti Wetland
Highlights from your plan
Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Koli National Park (Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, Akka-Koli Hill, & more) and Kolovesi National Park (in Enonkoski). There's more to do: shop like a local with G12 Galleria.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio travel planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kolovesi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 14th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oulu route app .

Getting from Kuopio to Oulu by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May in Oulu, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kemi road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Kemi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

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 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, stop by LAURI, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Karhunkierros and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 20th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka vacation planning site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Saariselka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saariselka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 21st (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inari itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inari are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Kilpisjarvi

Kilpisjarvi
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get outside with Kukkolankoski and then trek along Tsahkal Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kilpisjarvi road trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Kilpisjarvi in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kilpisjarvi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 23rd (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get outside with Kuuskajaskari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rauma trip planner.

Drive from Kilpisjarvi to Rauma in 14.5 hours. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Rauma, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kilpisjarvi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rauma: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip maker website .

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden
Highlights from your plan
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Highlights from your plan
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

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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.
Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Artisaani, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

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Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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