18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
5
Inari
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

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.
Head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Rauma and Turku Cathedral. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

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

1
day
Inari

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Savonlinna in May: high temperatures in Inari hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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 25th (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi tour planner.

Getting from Inari to Levi by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Levi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi. On the next day, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum