20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
7
Espoo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Singapore

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to S-market Hakaniemi and Ullanlinna. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Pienfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula). There's much more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), and then see the interesting displays at Labor Museum Werstas. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Visavuori, then stop by Ideapark, then take in the views from Hameensilta, and finally examine the collection at City of Tampere Main Library Metso.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tampere sightseeing planning website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Visavuori, Ideapark, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get curious at Pilke Science Centre and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Sampokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 3°C at night. You will leave for Oulu on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church and then stroll through Nallikari Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Oulu Car Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, stroll through Ainolan Puisto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu online day trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Oulu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Oulun Automuseo ©
Oulun Automuseo

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum and then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): get advice or help at Riihisaari, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Salpa Line.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Get some historical perspective at Marian kirkko and Main Building of Military School. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Salpa Line Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Espoo.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Bunker Museum, Loviisan kirkko
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

3
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, then buy something for everyone on your list at Iso Omena, then contemplate the long history of Hvittrask, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkonummen kirkko. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen and then admire the masterpieces at Riihimaki Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Espoo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kotka to Espoo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Espoo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Kirkkonummi, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Riihimaki Art Museum
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Laajalahti Nature Reserve ©
Laajalahti Nature Reserve
Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Kirkkonummen kirkko ©
Kirkkonummen kirkko