17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Dinan
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Dinan

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by MyGoodKnife, examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, thenlook for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Dinan, France to Lappeenranta is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dinan to Lappeenranta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dinan in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lappeenranta, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip maker site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

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
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky and then hit the slopes at Ruka.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo tour planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in May, with highs in Kuusamo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, thenexamine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inari trip builder website.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Inari in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu), take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and then gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi visit planner.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
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 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, thentake an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in May: high temperatures in Turku hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 27th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island sightseeing tool.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Riimikko & Pieni Suklaatehdas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Kankurin Tupa, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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