17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Levi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Old Market Hall and ARTag Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Riimikko in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Amsterdam in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa, Riimikko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Photographic Centre Perifor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island are in your itinerary. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and City Sokosfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Galleria Ronga and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Hameenlinna (Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, Palander House, & more) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). And it doesn't end there: stop by Ideapark, see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Visavuori, Ideapark, Laukko Manor
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get advice or help at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, then view the masterpieces at Navetta Galleria, then take a stroll around Art Centre Salmela, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Mikkeli Market Place, then view the masterpieces at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, then examine the collection at Infantry Museum, and finally revel in the low prices at Rapio Mill.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mikkeli trip builder app .

Getting from Tampere to Mikkeli by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Art Centre Salmela, St. George Church, Rapio Mill
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Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus ©
Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus
Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Navetta Galleria ©
Navetta Galleria

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Savonlinna in June, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip builder app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Shopping Outdoors Museums
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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