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Helsinki— 9 nights
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.Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teijo national park and Santalahti Nature Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Kotka (Linden Esplanade, Lehman, & more) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.
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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
Kotka, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila, King's Road
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