11 days in Helsinki, Rauma & Porvoo Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rauma & Porvoo Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Rauma & Porvoo Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Rauma
— 1 night
3
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Jumbo Shopping Center in Vantaa (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom, take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Helsinki at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jumbo Shopping Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rauma trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Rauma takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Head to Sibelius Hall and Brunberg Candy Factory Shopfor plenty of shopping. Visit Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Kotka Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Porvoo: Lahti (Lahti Ski Museum & Motorcycle Museum of Finland) and Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, & more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rauma to Porvoo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Porvoo are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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