28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
5
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
8
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport

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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Heureka, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation maker site.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 8:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Mediamuseo Rupriikki will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Step out of Tampere to go to Ylojarvi and see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 12th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip maker site.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori online trip builder.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get some historical perspective at Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: VMB Fishing (in Salo), Rauma (Rauma Art Museum, Old Rauma, &more) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online travel planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally try your luck at PAF Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Getabergen, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pielisen Museum and Uhrihalkeama. Explore hidden gems such as Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa, explore the activities along Pielinen, and look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi tour site.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Levi with the Route module. In May, Levi is slightly colder than Koli National Park - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

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."