35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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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
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

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: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get lost in a book at Oodi Central Library, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-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:

4
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Turku

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 Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Old Rauma. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

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 take a train; or fly. 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 · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

4
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Tampere

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 The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Palander House (in Hameenlinna) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). There's still lots to do: walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

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:

4
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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 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, walk around Riverside Park, and head off the coast to Haapasaari Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip planning site.

Getting from Tampere to Kotka by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish 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:

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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 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:

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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, 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of 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:

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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. Explore hidden gems such as Ukko-Koli and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower & Uhrihalkeama), Boreal Wildlife Centre (in Kuhmo) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and make a trip to Paateri.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lieksa tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Lieksa takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. 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:

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

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 travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

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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): 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 flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

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Rovaniemi

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 Orbas Reindeer Farm and Auttikongas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour website.

You can take a bus from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel 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 · Castles
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."