Route & dates
8 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary
Start: Washington DC
Fly: 20h 15min
Tampere— 1 night
train: 1h 45min
Turku— 2 nights
Helsinki— 3 nights
Fly + bus + subway: 14h 15min
End: Washington DC
Manchester of the North
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.
To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere online travel planner .
Washington DC, USA to Tampere is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Tampere, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in February, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 30°F and 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.
Things to do in Tampere
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
Official Christmas City of Finland
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 18th (Mon): head off the coast to Vepsa Island, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then view the masterpieces at Gallery A, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.
For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online route planner .
Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.
Things to do in Turku
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Daughter of the Baltic
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 22nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online sightseeing planner .
You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. February in Helsinki sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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