15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
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:  6​h 30​min
7
Inari
— 1 night
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sapokka Water Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary builder tool .

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. In May, Helsinki is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sapokka Water Garden, Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
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): contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, examine the collection at Museo Militaria, then take an in-depth tour of Visavuori, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder website .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Parola Tank 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): stroll through The Archipelago Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then walk around Kupittaa Park, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku visit planning website .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
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), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, see the interesting displays 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 ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn vacation planner .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough 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), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online attractions planner .

You can 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, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car 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, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish 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): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, and then stroll through Juutua Nature Trail.

Plan trip to Inari with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in May; daily highs in Inari reach 49°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Trails Parks
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Levi, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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