10 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  3​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Vaasa: Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila), Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki) and Powerpark (in Harma). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Pietarsaari, Powerpark, Stundars Museum, Seinajoki Library
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark

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