22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
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Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route builder.

Baden-Baden, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Baden-Baden in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island. Keep things going the next day: get your bearings at Turku City Library and then take a tour by water with VMB Fishing.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 8th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

Planning Mustasaari trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from Turku to Mustasaari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Kotka

— 4 nights
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. Step out of Kotka with an excursion to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati, and make a trip to Linden Esplanade.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kotka day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mustasaari to Kotka with the Route module. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo with an excursion to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Wanha Raatesalmi, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, identify plant and animal life at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online visit planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Kuusamo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arctic Emotions Oy, and explore and take pictures at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

Plan trip to Rovaniemi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

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."