35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Train
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varkaus
— 1 night
Drive
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mannerheim Museum and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Castle Hill, Porvoo Old Town, &more), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in April, with highs in Helsinki at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku City Library and Naantali Old Town. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, trek along The Archipelago Trail, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Palander House (in Hameenlinna). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Tampere, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Kotka

— 4 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sapokka Water Garden and Santalahti Nature Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, don't miss a visit to Hamina Fortress, and take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kotka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tampere to Kotka by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kotka, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Varkaus.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Varkaus

— 1 night
Varkaus is a Middle-Savonian industrial town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. On the 20th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Varkaus Water Tower Terrace and then examine the collection at Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varkaus road trip website.

You can drive from Kotka to Varkaus in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Varkaus

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 21st (Tue), stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum, and then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Joensuu trip planner.

You can drive from Varkaus to Joensuu in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Lieksa

— 4 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Explore hidden gems such as Ukko-Koli and Uhrihalkeama. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Boreal Wildlife Centre (in Kuhmo), Rasavaara Observation tower (in Koli National Park) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). The adventure continues: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, make a trip to Paateri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Lieksa takes 2 hours. April in Lieksa sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

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 Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Juutua Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & Tuula's Reindeer). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Lieksa to Saariselka with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lieksa in April; daily highs in Saariselka reach 37°F and lows reach 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Levi are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Napapiirin Porofarmi and Orbas Reindeer Farm. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour planning app.

You can take a bus from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."