18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 day
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Temppeliaukion Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mannerheim Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Brunberg Candy Factory Shop). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Rauma and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and make a trip to Kultaranta Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku vacation tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. 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 Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at 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.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough 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 ©
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, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in May; daily highs in Inari reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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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): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then don't miss a visit to Snow Village. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Inari to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours 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): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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