12 days in Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Itinerary

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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 historical perspective at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Appreciate the collections at Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (Nuuksion Kansallispuisto) (in Southern Finland) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Albania, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Arboretum Mustila, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church