10 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and then don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower. On your second day here, look for gifts at Alko, then head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, then examine the collection at Lenin Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online journey maker .

Washington DC, USA to Tampere is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

5
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.
Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in March, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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