16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rauma
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Lappeenranta
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

Rauma

— 3 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and finally walk around Kirjurinluoto.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rauma trip maker tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Rauma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 12th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

You can fly from Rauma to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rauma in May, with highs in Levi at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kemi SnowCastle. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, walk around Hupisaaret Park, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Oulu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Oulu to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oulu in May, you will find days in Lappeenranta are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

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."