29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ruotsinpyhtaa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
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 Hakaniemi Market and Artisaani. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Riimikko & Pieni Suklaatehdas). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then surround yourself with nature on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Inari travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in May: high temperatures in Inari hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and Pentik Hill. Head to Jalavan Kauppa and Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shopfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, stroll through Ruka, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Shopping Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Pentik Hill, Jalavan Kauppa
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Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Pike's Gut for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Hanko (Hanko Water Tower & Bellevue Beach) and Ruokapuoti Lumo (in Rauma). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, have fun at Adventure Park, and contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in May: high temperatures in Turku hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hanko, Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampere Cathedral and Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampere City Library, Metso will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Ideapark, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Do your shopping at Taitokortteli and Kauppakeskus Iso Myy. Appreciate the collections at Old Mine Mining Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Pielisen Museum (in Lieksa), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill & Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Tampere to Joensuu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. May in Joensuu sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Pielisen Museum, Old Mine Mining Museum, Tohmajarven kirkko
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, view the masterpieces at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MyGoodKnife and Art Centre Salmela. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Poikilo - Museums and Imatran Kalatalo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, explore the wide array of goods at Prisma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta attractions planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Art Centre Salmela, Salpa Line Museum, Poikilo - Museums, Savitaipale Church
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church
Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela

4
nights
Ruotsinpyhtaa

Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Ruotsinpyhtää is a former municipality of Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stromforsin ruukki and St. John's Church. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail & Kotka Church), Hollola (Church of Hollola & Pioni Ja Piironki) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Eijas Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ruotsinpyhtaa driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Ruotsinpyhtaa in 2 hours. May in Ruotsinpyhtaa sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ruotsinpyhtaa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Hollola, Loviisan kirkko, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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