32 days in Western Europe Itinerary

32 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Porvoo
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Paavolan Tammi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi) and Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip app.

Portland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in May, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 8:

Porvoo

— 2 nights
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, then contemplate the long history of Castle Hill, then make 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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, then steep 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

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Turku

— 5 nights
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 Archangel Michael's church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Uusikaupunki (Uusikaupunki Old Church & Bonk Museum) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, 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 · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
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 Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Visit Church of Keuruu and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Jyvaskyla: Leivonmaki National Park (in Joutsa) and Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet (in Karstula). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Keski-Suomen museo (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 train from Turku to Jyvaskyla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get a sense of the local culture at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka vacation maker tool.

Fly from Jyvaskyla to Saariselka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Jyvaskyla in May, plan for little chillier days in Saariselka, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Levi

— 4 nights
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 Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm 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 much more to do: visit Ounasjoki - River for activities, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Levi route planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 German Soldier s Cemetery. Christmas House Santa and Arktikum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto), Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Southwest Finland travel guide

4.3
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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Central Finland travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.