9 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

9 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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9 days in Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
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 19th (Sun): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip maker .

Newark, USA to Levi is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Newark in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around 50°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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Turku

Turku ©
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 21st (Tue): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in May, with highs in Turku at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and finally look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning tool .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Tampere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Shopping
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Forsblom, then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Artisaani, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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