13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stromforsin ruukki and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Riimikko, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online vacation planner .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Riimikko, Stromforsin ruukki
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku day trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
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 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 21st (Tue), stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in May, expect Kuusamo to be a bit cooler, temps between 50°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Explore hidden gems such as Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and Giewont Husky Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaslompolo Sportshop (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio).

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kuusamo to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Parks

Side Trips

Muonio, Akaslompolo Sportshop, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

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