11 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Des Moines

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey maker .

Des Moines, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Des Moines in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Viikinsaari Island as well as Tampere Baycruises. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach), Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Hameenlinna (Hame Castle, Aulanko, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere sightseeing planning website .

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Pori, Ahtari Zoo, Old Rauma, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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