16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
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Train to Nokian asema E, Bus to Tampere, Fly to Kittila
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Boat Tours & Water Sports. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Aleksanterin Kirkko, and stop by Tea Shop Veistrom.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary app.

Washington DC, USA to Tampere is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Tampere reach 59°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then enjoy some diversion at Kids' Land, then take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi, and finally shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Pori to Levi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Pori in May, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 50°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then surround yourself with nature on Lapland Safaris Saariselka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planning site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 9th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ranua day trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
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Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Ruka. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naantali Old Town and Katajanokka. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Turku Castle in Turku, approximately Turku away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki online attractions planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

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."