23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Kittila
— 1 night
Drive
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Muonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sodankyla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
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Kittila

— 1 night
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then make a trip to Taatsin seita.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kittila tour planner.

New York City, USA to Kittila is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kittila, with highs around 50°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Muonio.

Things to do in Kittila

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Muonio

— 3 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and Enontekio Church will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages will get you outdoors. When in Muonio, make a side trip to see Konijanka Petting Zoo in Akaslompolo, approximately Akaslompolo away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Muonio online tour planner.

You can drive from Kittila to Muonio in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in May, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Saariselka vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Saariselka takes 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Sodankyla

— 2 nights
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sodankyla online trip builder.

Getting from Saariselka to Sodankyla by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, visit Icebreaker Sampo, and then admire the striking features of Kemi Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi online attractions planner.

You can drive from Sodankyla to Kemi in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Maupertuis Memorial and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko. Arktikum and German Soldier s Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip builder app.

You can drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Sat), trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koli National Park trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the next day, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then steep yourself in history at Stromso, then snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, and finally examine the collection at Arctic Museum Nanoq.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vaasa road trip planning tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Vaasa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."