57 days in Finland Itinerary

57 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Fly
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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
5
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 4 nights
Train
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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 Johannes Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in April, with highs in Helsinki at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 Kobba Klintar 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: have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, try your luck at PAF Casino, and explore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn holiday planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in May: highs in Mariehamn hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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 Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Kylamaki Village of Living History 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, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, 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 Hatanpaa Arboretum. Appreciate the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 Marela Museum House. 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 · Parks

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 Kuddnas 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), Kokkola (Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum & K.H. Renlund Museum) and Saltkaret (in Mustasaari). Spend the 20th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huutoniemen kirkko, fly down the slopes at Ojberget, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. 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: Rokuan Kansallispuisto (in Ahmas) and Syote Ski & Nature Resort (in Syote). 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 Arctic Emotions Oy. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). The adventure continues: stroll through Pyhatunturi, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday maker tool.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 Yllas Ski Resort. Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. 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: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

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 Venajanhiekka will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Myllymuseo and Pielisen Museum. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto in Rautavaara--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. June in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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."