32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Sysma
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Nurmes
— 1 day
Drive
7
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive
8
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Taivalkoski
— 1 night
Drive
10
Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
12
Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly
13
Ivalo
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Sevettijarvi
— 6 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip maker.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Lahti

— 2 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal, examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, and then see the interesting displays at Lahti Ski Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, then take a leisurely stroll along Vesijärvi harbor, and finally examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lahti vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lahti, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sysma.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Sysma

— 2 nights
Sysmä is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paijanne-Ilves Trail, then take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit, then relax in the rural setting at Keinuhonka Farm, and finally trek along Kelvenne Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): trek along Kammiovuori Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paijatsalo Trail, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sysma Church.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sysma trip app.

Getting from Lahti to Sysma by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sysma are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Sysma

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Jyvaskyla

— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 19th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then see the interesting displays at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, then admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Craft Museum of Finland.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla day trip planning site.

You can drive from Sysma to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and finally examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio road trip app.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Kuopio sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Nurmes

— 1 day
Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church and then relax and rejuvenate at Kylpyla Spa Bomba.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nurmes online visit planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Nurmes in 2 hours. In May in Nurmes, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Nurmes

Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Kuhmo

— 1 night
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 24th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga, then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Wilds Piira.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuhmo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nurmes to Kuhmo takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Suomussalmi

— 2 nights
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and then head outdoors with Hossan Lomakeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Suomussalmen Kotiseutumuseo, then learn about all things military at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti, and then make a trip to The Silent People.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Suomussalmi day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kuhmo to Suomussalmi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Taivalkoski.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Taivalkoski

— 1 night
Taivalkoski is a municipality of Finland, it is located in the Province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Jalavan Kauppa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taivalkoski trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Suomussalmi to Taivalkoski takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ranua.

Things to do in Taivalkoski

Shopping
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ranua online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taivalkoski to Ranua takes 1.5 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Rovaniemi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Taatsin seita and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kittila trip itinerary site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kittila are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ivalo planning app.

You can fly from Kittila to Ivalo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Ivalo can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sevettijarvi.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Sevettijarvi

— 6 nights
Step out of Sevettijarvi with an excursion to Alma Arktika in Nuorgam--about 1h 20 min away.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sevettijarvi holiday site.

Getting from Ivalo to Sevettijarvi by car takes about 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ivalo to Sevettijarvi. June in Sevettijarvi sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sevettijarvi

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 11:

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."

Wild Taiga travel guide

Wildlife Areas · Landmarks · Military Museums