16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Ankara, Turkey
Bus + Fly:  12 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Turku
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
End: Ankara, Turkey

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, see Santa Claus Office, then get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ankara to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Ankara in May, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then get your bearings at Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in May: highs in Savonlinna hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

1
night
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 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): trek along The Archipelago Trail and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip site.

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Trails
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tampere visit planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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