12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Espoo
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Inari
— 1 night
Drive
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Sodankyla
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus to Kittilän koulukeskus, Fly to Nantes

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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've now added Natura Viva to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then find your balance on the water with Natura Viva, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then stroll through Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online itinerary planner.

Nantes, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Nantes in May, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Kotka

— 3 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Visit Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and The Runeberg Home for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill & Pyhan Ristin kirkko), Marian Kirkko (in Hamina) and Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Main Building of Military School.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Espoo

— 2 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Nuuksio National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Raseborg Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Hvittrask, then admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then examine the collection at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Espoo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Espoo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Espoo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Inari.

Things to do in Espoo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Espoo to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Espoo in May, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
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Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll set off for Sodankyla on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Sodankyla

— 1 night
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): shop like a local with Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sodankyla trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Sodankyla takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sodankyla are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip site.

Drive from Sodankyla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.