10 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
4
Pori
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 1 night
6
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Castle Hill, Cathedral of Porvoo, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip maker .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 25th (Sat), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn day trip planning tool .

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect nights in Mariehamn to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
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 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku vacation maker site .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 27th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

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Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Kid's Land, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel planner.

Getting from Pori to Levi by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Pori in May, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planning website .

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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