Route & dates
15 days in Finland Itinerary
Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly: 7h 30min
Helsinki— 9 nights
Turku— 3 nights
train: 1h 45min
Tampere— 2 nights
Fly: 8h 30min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta
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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.Get outdoors at Helsinki Zoo and Aurinkolahti Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ullanlinna and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenski Cathedral, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and trek along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail.
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .
Valletta, Malta to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in July, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Kuusisto Manor are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and browse the collection at Turku City Main Library.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online journey builder .
Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.
Things to do in Turku
Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Manchester of the North
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Holy Cross Church. Visiting Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Pyynikki observation tower.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning app .
Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Tampere
Holy Cross Church
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