57 days in Finland Itinerary

57 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
9
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 7 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at The Aalto House and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In April, Helsinki is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — May 1:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Maritime Quarter and Salis Batteri. Aland Maritime Museum and The Cultural History Museum of Aland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mariehamn: Getabergen (in Geta) and Eckero (Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum & Karingsunds Viltsafari). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, try to win big at PAF Casino, and have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn attractions planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mariehamn, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Let the collections at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Ett Hem Museum capture your imagination. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Pernio (Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy & Teijo National Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 10:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Suolijarvi Beach. Appreciate the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu), Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane) and Serlachius Museum Gustaf (in Mantta-Vilppula). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Appreciate the collections at Villa Mairea and Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pori: Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, head outdoors with Yyterin Nakotorni, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

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

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Pori, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Vaasa

— 7 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Appreciate the collections at JM-Rally Parc Ferme and Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum. Get some cultural insight at Salgrund Pilot Station and Neristan (Old Wooden Town). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Seinajoki (Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, Seinajoen Taidehalli - Kunsthalle Seinajoki, &more), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and K.H. Renlund Museum (in Kokkola). Spend the 20th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, stroll through Ojberget, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa tour builder.

You can drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 26:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Raahe Museum and Oulun Taidemuseo will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Nallikari Beach and Koitelinkoski. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Syote Ski & Nature Resort (in Syote) and Rokuan Kansallispuisto (in Ahmas). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

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

You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some historical perspective at Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pyhatunturi. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello), Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Arctic Emotions Oy, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Lapland Safaris Levi and Levi Ski Resort. Get outdoors at Yllas Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Levi sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get in touch with nature at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari--about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saariselka holiday maker website.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 12th (Sun), hit the slopes at Ruka. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Visiting Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Ukko-Koli will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myllymuseo and Uhrihalkeama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Rautavaara (Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto & Venajanhiekka). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

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."