8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), then get outside with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, and finally explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, Helsinki is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Turku

— 1 night
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 27th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip maker website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 28th (Sat), look for gifts at Hameenkatu, walk around Nasi Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Spas · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 29th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vaasa online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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Koli National Park

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, trek along Paimenen Polku Trail, get great views at Rylays Hill, then Head underground at Pirunkirkko, then take a peaceful walk through Kolvananuuro, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Makravaara Hill, admire the sheer force of Tarhapuro Waterfall, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, then hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Wed), experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, take an exotic tour of Wingrens Dogsafaris, wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, and finally experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Levi with the Route module. Traveling from Koli National Park in May, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
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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."