44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 7 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 7 nights
Fly
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Espoo
— 6 nights
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Helsinki

— 8 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Heureka and Maritime Centre Vellamo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Finnish Aviation Museum. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Kotka--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Durham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Durham in March, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 9:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Family-friendly places like Ahtari Zoo and Vapriikin Museokeskus will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Nasinneula Tower. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip maker website.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 8 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 discover tucked-away gems like Ranua Zoo and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and German Soldier s Cemetery. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get your bearings at Rovaniemi City Library, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

Plan my trip to Rovaniemi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in March: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 30°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 24:

Turku

— 7 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku City Library and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Attractions like Turku Cathedral and Naantali Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Rauma Art Museum & Old Rauma). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get advice or help at Raision Kaupunginkirjasto, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku vacation maker tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, Turku is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 31:

Savonlinna

— 7 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Attractions like Kitee Zoo and Kolovesi National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Visulahti and Punkaharjun Kesamaa. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju), Terttis Garden (in Mikkeli) and Joensuu (Utra Beach & Honkaniemi Beach). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, get advice or help at Riihisaari, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna travel planning app.

You can fly from Turku to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Espoo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:

Espoo

— 6 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Bring the kids along to EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Nuuksio National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bellevue Beach and Aurlahti Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Tulliniemi Nature Path in Hanko (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Talomuseo Glims, tee off at Hirsala Golf, examine the collection at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and discover the deep blue sea with Dive Finland Oy.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Espoo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Espoo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:

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."