15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
7
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Boston

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sapokka Water Garden and Porvoo Old Town. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Helsinki is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 60°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park, Sapokka Water Garden
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, then take an in-depth tour of Visavuori, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. On the next day, learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, The Parola Armour Museum, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

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 17th (Sun): hike along The Archipelago Trail, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then stroll around Kupittaa Park, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku attractions planning app.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn visit planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
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 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get interesting insight from Angeli Reindeer Farm, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in May, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and then stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Levi road trip app.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Adventure Winter Sports

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

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