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
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 1:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vapriikin Museokeskus and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. You'll get in some beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Ylojarvi to see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere online journey planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then examine the collection 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 more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Vaasa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Appreciate the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Rauma Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Rauma (Old Rauma & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planner.

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 13th (Fri), have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally try your luck at PAF Casino. On your second day here, stroll through Getabergen, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Jan Karlsgarden Open Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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 appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna holiday builder app.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

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 outdoors at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Pielinen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To plan Koli National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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 20th (Fri), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip maker site.

Drive from Koli National Park to Levi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in May, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."