8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dublin to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Adventure
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure · Trails · Winter Sports · Tours
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the galleries of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in May: high temperatures in Turku hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours
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Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip tool.

Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.