16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Marquette
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Inari
— 1 night
7
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Marquette

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and stop by CraftCorner.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Marquette, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Marquette to Helsinki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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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 25th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Rapola Ridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online journey builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Rapola Ridge
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 27th (Wed), browse the collection at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On your second day here, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Turku tour app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and finally walk around Lilla holmen. On the next day, examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus, make a trip to Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sund, Eckerö Post & tullhus
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner .

Fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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Inari

Inari ©
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 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip builder app .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Inari is little chillier than Savonlinna - with highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Snow Village and then glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally get your game on at Kids' Land.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Levi vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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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 (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route planning app .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square