13 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Paris

9
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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki planning app .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Helsinki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porvoo road trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Porvoo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. May in Porvoo sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lahti, Kotka
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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