20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  7 h 30 min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Levi
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
9
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: London

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Evo Hiking Area in Hameenlinna--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tampere tour itinerary website.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 39°F in Tampere. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Evo Hiking Area
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 14th (Tue), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Room Escape Games

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 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip website.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Siikalahti Wetland, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum and then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta attractions planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

1
night
Akaslompolo

On the 20th (Mon), get outside with Seven Fells Up and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip website.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Akaslompolo by combination of train, flight, and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lappeenranta in May; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach 50°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

1
night
Levi

Levi
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Levi attractions app.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.
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3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore hidden gems such as Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Inari sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral of Porvoo and Hiidenvuori. Get some cultural insight at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porvoo: Kotka (Riverside Park & Santalahti Nature Trail) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's more to do: make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo online route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Porvoo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in May; daily highs in Porvoo reach 60°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Porvoo to Helsinki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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