11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Brussels

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 Hietaranta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 9th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and walk around Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 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 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

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.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, 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 take a bus. 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
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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