17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Jarvenpaa Mosque (in Jarvenpaa). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Cathedral and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately Rauma away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip maker site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, and finally get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori day trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Stone Castle of Pirunvuori for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Hame Castle. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Rapola Ridge in Valkeakoski--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Inari

— 1 night
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 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in May: high temperatures in Inari hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ounasjoki - River for activities and Icekarting Levi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and fly down the slopes at Discover Lapland.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ranua road trip planning site.

Drive from Levi to Ranua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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."