15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki is 10 hours. In May, Helsinki is little chillier than Vancouver - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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 8th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

2
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 12th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and finally fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

Find out how to plan Levi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Levi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Koli National Park

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.
On the 14th (Thu), trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Akka-Koli Hill. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, make a trip to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and finally take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

Before you visit Koli National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Levi to Koli National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in May: highs in Koli National Park hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

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 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, examine the collection at S/S Salama, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, 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
Kotka

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. On the 17th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

Discover how to plan a Kotka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

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