11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
2
Turku
— 3 nights

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Baana. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along The Archipelago Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, then get your game on at Moomin World, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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