12 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13 h
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
— 6 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Toronto


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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Heureka in Vantaa--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Helsinki. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo


Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Ahvenisto make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Yyteri Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Rauma, Ahvenisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Ahvenisto ©