8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Hamina
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Hamina
— 1 night
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 1 day
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 1 day
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly

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

Manchester, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in Tampere at 8°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then attend a concert at Sibeliusmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Hamina

— 1 night
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, then examine the collection at Bunker Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamina trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mariehamn to Hamina. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Inari holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamina to Inari. Traveling from Hamina in May, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

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

Kuusamo

— 1 day
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then fly down the slopes at Ruka, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo journey builder tool.

You can drive from Inari to Kuusamo in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a stroll through Ullanlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Kuusamo to Helsinki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

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."