17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dinan
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta driving holiday planner .

Dinan, France to Lappeenranta is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dinan to Lappeenranta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lappeenranta when traveling from Dinan in May, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip tool .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 20th (Mon), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Julma Olkky and then fly down the slopes at Ruka.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in May, expect Kuusamo to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel 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
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Wildlife Museums Tours
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and then get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Inari to Levi by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Levi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turku road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in May, with highs in Turku at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head outdoors with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island itinerary tool .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatori. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Riimikko. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Pieni Suklaatehdas about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Kimito Island to Helsinki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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