7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Train
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Vancouver

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Helsinki

— 2 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 Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions website.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Vancouver in May, with highs in Helsinki at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Helsinki to Kuopio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kuopio are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa road trip site.

Getting from Kuopio to Vaasa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."