35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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35 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
4
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Varkaus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
10
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Chicago

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Castle Hill, Porvoo Old Town, & more) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip builder .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 47°F and lows about 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

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku City Library and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Step out of Turku to go to Rauma and see Old Rauma, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Viikinsaari Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Palander House (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tampere trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Tampere sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Palander House, Visavuori
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Room Escape Games
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, stroll around Riverside Park, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and head off the coast to Haapasaari Island.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Tampere to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
Varkaus

Varkaus ©
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 see the interesting displays at Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Varkaus road trip planning site .

Drive from Kotka to Varkaus in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Varkaus can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Joensuu.

Things to do in Varkaus

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
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Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo ©
Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace ©
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 21st (Tue), stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then 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 make a trip to Joensuu Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum, and then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Varkaus to Joensuu takes 2 hours. April in Joensuu sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koli, Old Mine Mining Museum
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ukko-Koli and Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lieksa: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Boreal Wildlife Centre (in Kuhmo). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, don't miss a visit to Paateri, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa holiday planning website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Lieksa in 2 hours. In April in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Venajanhiekka, Boreal Wildlife Centre
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Tuula's Reindeer. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & Juutua Nature Trail).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Saariselka. Traveling from Lieksa in April, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Levi holiday maker .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orbas Reindeer Farm and Poro Farmi. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in May, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

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