12 days in Helsinki Region, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Region, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore and learn at Moomin Museum and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Relax by the water at Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Pori (Rosenlew Museum & Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo), Evo Hiking Area (in Hameenlinna) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and take an in-depth tour of Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ett Hem Museum and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku trip maker tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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