12 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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12 days in Tampere, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Helsinki
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Helsinki

2
days
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 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, snap pictures at Hameensilta, then see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), and finally see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere tour itinerary planning app .

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
days
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 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park.

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Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

8
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Valkmusa National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Kotka (Riverside Park & Santalahti Nature Trail), Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

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Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Valkmusa National Park, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Arboretum Mustila, King's Road
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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