18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi online trip itinerary maker .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Levi is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 5 hours. In May, Levi is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo sightseeing planner .

Getting from Levi to Kuusamo by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Fly from Kuusamo to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in May, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta vacation planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Turku.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Old Rauma will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Turku Cathedral and Uto. Venture out of the city with trips to The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku vacation planner .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Turku by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Korpo Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti). Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, then steep yourself in history at Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, then explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio, and finally explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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