36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Inari
— 2 nights
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Kouvola
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

4
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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Galerie Forsblom. Change things up with a short trip to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki visit planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Kimito Island fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Galleria Joella will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Pernio (Teijo national park & Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy) and Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Turku trip website .

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pernio, Hanko, Kuusisto Manor
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Relax by the water at Yyteri Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Pori Art Museum (in Pori) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Laukko Manor
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Let the collections at Siida and Gold Prospector Museum capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in May; daily highs in Inari reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum, Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Visiting Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Muonio
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nallikari Beach and Kauppahalli. For shopping fun, head to Luovon Puoji or Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, have fun at Tietomaa, and pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Raahe Museum, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Kiutakongas Rapids and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jalavan Kauppa and Julma Olkky. Take a break from Kuusamo with a short trip to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Ruka, see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Oulu to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kuusamo when traveling from Oulu in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Jalavan Kauppa
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Safaris

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. For shopping fun, head to Taito Shop Savonlinna or Johanna Oras Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Kolovesi National Park (in Enonkoski), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Lammassaari Island (in Imatra). There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Kuusamo in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Savonlinna, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki, Lammassaari Island, Siikalahti Wetland, Kolovesi National Park
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Art Centre Salmela and Salpa Line Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum Mustila and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Beach Mansikkalahti). On the 21st (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola route builder website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Kouvola are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 25th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Art Centre Salmela, Hiidenvuori, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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