22 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Kimito Island

— 2 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oro and Bengtskar Lighthouse. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kimito Island is an approximately 180-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. In May, Kimito Island is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will enjoy Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Step out of Turku to go to Pernio and see Teijo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and Kids' Land. Kids will enjoy LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo).

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Turku in May, with highs in Levi at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Escape the urban bustle at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Lake Inari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gold Prospector Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Inari Reindeer Farm in Inari (about 1h 5 min away). It doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saariselka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi online route planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at German Soldier s Cemetery and Arktikum. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Posio and see Korouoma Canyon, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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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.