7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 day
Fly
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), visit Katajanokka, then shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, then admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of Ullanlinna, stop by Okra, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna road trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in May; daily highs in Inari reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
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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 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Ronga.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere vacation maker website.

You can fly from Levi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in May: highs in Tampere hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Vepsa Island, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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