15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Vancouver International Airport

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Helsinki

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

2
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Fri), let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On your second day here, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

2
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. On your second day here, have fun at Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Levi online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in May, with highs in Levi at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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Koli National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally hike along Akka-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, don't miss a visit to Paateri, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park visit app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Levi to Koli National Park. When traveling from Levi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, examine the collection at S/S Salama, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

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Kotka

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally walk around Sapokka Water Garden.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Kotka journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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."