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
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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 The National Library of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday app.

Hobart, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Hobart to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can 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 Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Step out of the city life by going to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Neitikoski Rapids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Kuopio Market City Hall, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ukko-Koli, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Kouvola to Koli National Park in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. 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 · Wildlife · Parks · 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 Saariselka Reindeer Farm. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 Elan Ski Shop & Rental. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Konijanka Petting Zoo in Akaslompolo, approximately Akaslompolo away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, and don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

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 2.5 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: drive; 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

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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 drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. 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 Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, walk around Nasi Park, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, 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 take a train; or 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 · Museums

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 VMB Fishing. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

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."