12 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
ferry:  17​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Paris

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukion Church and Cathedral of Porvoo. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Finnish Aviation Museum
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Let the collections at Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Cathedral and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, & more) and Koylio Church (in Koylio). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku travel planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Old Town, Koylio Church
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Serlachius Museum Gustaf and The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Serlachius Museum Gosta and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Parola Tank Museum (in Parola), Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mantta-Vilppula, Parola Tank Museum, Museo Militaria, Visavuori, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Serlachius Museum Gustaf ©
Serlachius Museum Gustaf
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©

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