15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planner.

Marquette, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marquette to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. When traveling from Marquette in May, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Joensuu (Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, make a trip to Paateri, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, expect nights in Koli National Park to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally examine the collection at Terranova.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Vaasa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sun): get your game on at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then have fun at Adventure Park, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip tool.

Drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, stroll around Observatory Hill Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."