29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  16​h
Espoo
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Lappajarvi
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Espoo: Hyvinkaa (Kauppakeskus Willa & Hyvinkaa Church) and Raseborg (Raseborg Castle & Fagervik Church). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Arctic Expedition, identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, and engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

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Washington DC, USA to Espoo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Espoo to be little chillier, temps between 61°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Espoo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Raseborg, Hyvinkaa
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle
Hyvinkaa Church ©
Hyvinkaa Church

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Getting from Espoo to Saariselka by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Espoo in May, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, trek along Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lappajarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

few
hours
Lappajarvi

Lappajarvi ©
Lappajärvi is a municipality in Finland in Southern Ostrobothnia region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Kipinakodan Luonto- Ja Elamyspalvelut.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lappajarvi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lappajarvi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappajarvi

#Outdoors
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Kipinakodan Luonto- Ja Elamyspalvelut ©

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Fri), examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna vacation planner.

You can drive from Lappajarvi to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Puumalan Lake (in Puumala) and Imatra (Lammassaari Island & De tre korsens kyrka). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online travel planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Puumalan Lake
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Lehman, & more), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola vacation planning tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kouvola are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Valkmusa National Park, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Parola
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

6
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.
Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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