8 days in Helsinki Region & Tampere Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Tampere Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki Region & Tampere Itinerary

Barcelona
Fly:  7​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
St. Petersburg

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki attractions planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

4
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampere Cathedral and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Relax by the water at Yyteri Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Serlachius Museum Gustaf, Yyteri Beach, Petajavesi Old Church, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): wander the streets of Katajanokka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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