31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Heureka. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route planning website.

Hobart, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Hobart to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola journey maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Kouvola by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli. Step out of the city life by going to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Pielinen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Kuopio Market City Hall, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and stroll through Uhrihalkeama.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. In May in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, take a memorable tour with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, and finally explore by horseback at Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in May, with highs in Kuusamo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get outdoors at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Juutua Nature Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ruijanpolku Trail. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip site.

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Saariselka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Wingrens Dogsafaris. Escape the urban bustle at Powerun Adventures and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Konijanka Petting Zoo in Akaslompolo, approximately Akaslompolo away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, and shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip builder.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ranua driving holiday tool.

Getting from Levi to Ranua by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, and then hit the slopes at Ojberget.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip builder.

You can drive from Ranua to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Nasinneula Tower. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, walk around Nasi Park, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo National Park and Turku Castle. Visiting VMB Fishing and Bike Rental - by Carfield will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 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."