13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
6
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly
8
Hameenlinna
— 1 night
Drive
9
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then stroll around Kaisaneimi Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): head off the coast to Vallisaari, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip tool.

Bristol, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Helsinki is 2 hours. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Porvoo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You'll set off for Kouvola on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Riverside Park & Sapokka Water Garden). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Kouvola sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Punkaharju

— 1 night
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. On the 19th (Thu), walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Punkaharju online attractions planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Punkaharju by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Punkaharju, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna planner.

Savonlinna is just a stone's throw from Punkaharju. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu itinerary planning app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuopio in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kuopio are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Hameenlinna

— 1 night
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Riihimaki Art Museum and then get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hameenlinna trip planner.

You can fly from Kuopio to Hameenlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 24th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then make a trip to Senate Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip planner.

You can drive from Hameenlinna to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

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."