13 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki tour builder tool .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and get your game on at Moomin World.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary maker app .

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. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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