11 days in Helsinki, Turku & Espoo Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Turku & Espoo Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Turku & Espoo Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Espoo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Do your shopping at Sibelius Hall and Marimekko. Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and stop by Marimekko.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Sibelius Hall
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Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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 25th (Sat): head off the coast to Vepsa Island and then stroll through Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 27th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurlahti Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Espoo journey builder .

Traveling by car from Turku to Espoo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Aurlahti Beach
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurlahti Beach ©
Aurlahti Beach