11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Brussels


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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Helsinki Zoo, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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


Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then hike along Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along The Archipelago Trail, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, then enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip maker site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for 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
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna