15 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Helsinki hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moomin World and Vaski Adventure Island. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Hanko (Gunnarstrand & Bellevue Beach). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can 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.
Kids will enjoy Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planning site.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough 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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