10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tampere
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Cathedral of Porvoo, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Vilnius in May, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip site.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Rauma

— 1 night
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rauma online vacation planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Rauma in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. May in Rauma sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): snap pictures at Hameensilta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere journey planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."