31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Porvoo
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Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Kilpisjarvi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rauma
— 1 day
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 2nd (Thu), look for gifts at Riimikko, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and then admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Here are some ideas for day two: revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nasin Kartanon Galleria.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Porvoo online tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Porvoo is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Porvoo due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Porvoo are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 4th (Sat), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then stroll through Malonsaari, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Saimaa.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna online route builder.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get in touch with nature at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Kasken Kierros Nature Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Akka-Koli Hill, &more). There's more to do: view the masterpieces at G12 Galleria.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kauppahalli, then shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally stroll through Nallikari Beach.

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You can drive from Kuopio to Oulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Oulu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Oulu

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

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, then visit Icebreaker Sampo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kemi trip maker website.

You can drive from Oulu to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning website.

You can drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Sat), explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 20th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 21st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Kilpisjarvi

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kukkolankoski and then stroll through Tsahkal Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kilpisjarvi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Kilpisjarvi takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. May in Kilpisjarvi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Rauma

— 1 day
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get outside with Kuuskajaskari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rauma trip planner.

Getting from Kilpisjarvi to Rauma by car takes about 14.5 hours. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Rauma, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kilpisjarvi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rauma: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Turun Taidehalli, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, and finally stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip planning website.

Getting from Rauma to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere route planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaanifor plenty of shopping. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and visit Ullanlinna.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

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."