18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield, Turku Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The National Library of Finland, take a stroll through Katajanokka, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner.

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Repovesi National Park and Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Lappeenranta (Lappeen Marian kirkko & Lappeenranta Fortress) and Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church and take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli day trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Mikkeli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mikkeli, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rokuan Kansallispuisto and Superpark Oulu. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, stroll through Hupisaaret Park, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oulu travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mikkeli to Oulu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mikkeli in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Oulu, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranua Zoo and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 26th (Thu), head outdoors with Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi journey planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure
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Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.