8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Loviisa
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Vienna

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Take a break from the city and head to Korkeasaari Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, wander the streets of Katajanokka, shop like a local with Okra, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Vienna, Austria to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Vienna, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums
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Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo national park and Turku Cathedral. Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Bellevue Beach in Hanko, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo national park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Svartholm Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, and then see the interesting displays at Loviisa Maritime Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Loviisa vacation planning app .

You can drive from Turku to Loviisa in 3 hours. February in Loviisa sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Loviisan kirkko ©
Loviisan kirkko
Svartholm Fortress ©
Svartholm Fortress

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