32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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32 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Portland

6
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Johannes Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portland in May, with highs in Helsinki at 60°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Hvittrask, Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, then steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Church Porvoo.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Porvoo online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kotka, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Museum-lovers will get to explore Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Uusikaupunki (Uusikaupunki Old Church & Bonk Museum). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Drive from Porvoo to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Teijo National Park
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet and Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Finnish Air Force Museum and Church of Keuruu. Change things up with these side-trips from Jyvaskyla: Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Leivonmaki National Park (in Joutsa). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, admire the striking features of Kuokkalan kartano, and go for a walk through Tourujoen luontopolku.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla journey planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Church of Keuruu, Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet, Leivonmaki National Park, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet ©
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lemmenjoki National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Jyvaskyla to Saariselka takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in May, you will find days in Saariselka are slightly colder (49°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

4
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Sodankyla and Sarestoniemi Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Scandinavian Adventures (in Akaslompolo). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Church of Sodankyla, Scandinavian Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Korouoma Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Kopara Reindeer Park, Korouoma Canyon, Pyha-Luosto National Park
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

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