31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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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.
Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Kids will enjoy Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Bengaluru, India to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Helsinki is minus 3.5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bengaluru in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Visiting Vepsa Island and Teijo National Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town and shop like a local with Turun Taidehalli.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Pori Art Museumfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and stop by Keittioelamaa.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then stroll through Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa route builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Take a break from the city and head to Yllas Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Levi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vaasa in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. There's much more to do: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Visiting Ukko-Koli and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and hike along Makravaara Hill.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Koli National Park, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Imatra

— 2 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then trek along Malonsaari, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lake Saimaa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Puumala wooden church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Imatra holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Imatra are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Kotka

— 3 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Bring the kids along to Linden Esplanade and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Beach Mansikkalahti. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Iitti to see Hiidenvuori about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Merila, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Imatra to Kotka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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."