12 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Vaasa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Zurich

5
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki holiday planning site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Zurich in August, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila), Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki) and Powerpark (in Harma). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Stundars Museum, get outside with Setterbergin Puisto, and admire the natural beauty at Aspegrens Rosenlund.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa online trip maker .

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Mustasaari, Seinajoki Library, Stundars Museum, Kuddnas Museum
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Powerpark ©
Powerpark

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