23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rovaniemi trip simple and quick.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 51°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Levi online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, make a trip to Paateri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Levi to Koli National Park. Traveling from Levi in May, you will find days in Koli National Park are a bit warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 20th (Mon), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Terranova, then go for a walk through Saltkaret, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Pargas Lime Stone Quarry in Parainen, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pargas Lime Stone Quarry, Moomin World
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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