32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Portland
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  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 Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Finnish Aviation Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planning tool.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Portland in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa, Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, Hvittrask, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Nuuksio National Park
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, thencontemplate the long history of Castle Hill, thenmake a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, thensteep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Church Porvoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Porvoo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kotka, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Uusikaupunki Old Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Teijo National Park. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Bonk Museum in Uusikaupunki, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip builder app.

You can drive from Porvoo to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. May in Turku sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Teijo National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Finnish Air Force Museum and Leivonmaki National Park. Visit Church of Keuruu and Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Jyvaskyla: Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet (in Karstula). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore hidden gems such as Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church in Inari, approximately Inari away. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka route planner.

Traveling by flight from Jyvaskyla to Saariselka takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in May, you will find days in Saariselka are a bit cooler (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, Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Take a break from the city and head to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen) and Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla). There's more to do: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Levi attractions planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Christmas House Santa. Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arktikum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory, and take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip builder.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Korouoma Canyon, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Kopara Reindeer 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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