35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  12 h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mannerheim Museum and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo (Castle Hill, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Heureka (in Vantaa). 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

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

4
nights
Turku

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 Turku City Library. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, have fun at Adventure Park, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Turku trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. April in Turku sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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 Viikinsaari Island. 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, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, 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 Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Visavuori, Palander House, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Room Escape Games
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
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 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, stroll around Riverside Park, and steep yourself in history at Hamina Fortress.

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You can drive from Tampere to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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 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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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, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, thentake 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, thensee 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

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
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

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. Explore hidden gems such as Ukko-Koli and Neitikoski Rapids. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower & Uhrihalkeama), Boreal Wildlife Centre (in Kuhmo) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lieksa road trip planner.

Getting from Joensuu to Lieksa by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Lieksa are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 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

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Boreal Wildlife Centre, Venajanhiekka
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 ©
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

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
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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): 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, thenjoin 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

Winter Sports Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, Giewont Husky Adventures
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 ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orbas Reindeer Farm and Lordi's Square. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

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

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to 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
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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