15 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Madrid

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Helsinki. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Helsinki are cooler (25°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Attractions like Moomin World and Teijo national park make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanko (Gunnarstrand & Bellevue Beach) and Vaski Adventure Island (in Naantali). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, view the masterpieces at Gallery A, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning tool .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali, Hanko, Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Haemeenlinna (Ahvenisto Activity Park & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and look for gifts at Hameenkatu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online road 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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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