16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Karhunkierros.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kuusamo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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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 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Levi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. May in Inari sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, and then trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip planning website.

You can drive from Inari to Vaasa in 11 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in May: highs in Vaasa hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park journey website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Design Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: visit Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."