28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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28 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Moline
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Taivalkoski
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Moline


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2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi, see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

Moline, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Moline to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Traveling from Moline in May, you will find days in Rovaniemi are much colder (51°F), and nights are little chillier (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
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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 11th (Mon): gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi road trip planning website .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Levi, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

1
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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then hike along Ruijanpolku Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get some cultural insight at Uhrihalkeama and Pielisen Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Neitikoski Rapids. Go for a jaunt from Lieksa to Koli to see Koli Shop Retkitupa about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, Head underground at Pirunkirkko, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Lieksa vacation builder app .

Explore your travel options from Saariselka to Lieksa with the Route module. When traveling from Saariselka in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lieksa: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tikanoja Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Tikanoja Art Museum ©
Tikanoja Art Museum

2
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

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You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kultaranta Garden, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, then don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, and finally grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri, then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and finally admire the local landmark of Harmonia.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to 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 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Naantali
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centre. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stop by Artisaani.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki holiday planner .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Linden Esplanade, Hiidenkirnut, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Head to Kauppahalli and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskusfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. Take a break from Oulu with a short trip to Kemi Church in Kemi, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu trip app .

Getting from Helsinki to Oulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in May, you will find days in Oulu are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Taivalkoski.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kemi Church, Haukipudas Church
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

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Taivalkoski

Taivalkoski ©
Taivalkoski is a municipality of Finland, it is located in the Province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. On the 1st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Syote National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taivalkoski trip builder website .

Getting from Oulu to Taivalkoski by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taivalkoski

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Syote National Park
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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa