12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Muonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 23rd (Thu): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally have fun at Moomin World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku online road trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Tulenkantajat Literature Center & Bookstore, then admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 27th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
day
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 28th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Muonio trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Mustasaari to Muonio in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mustasaari in May: high temperatures in Muonio hover around 46°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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