16 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Sibelius Hall (in Lahti), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, stop by Marimekko, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary site .

Birmingham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to Helsinki. When traveling from Birmingham in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Center, Nuuksio National Park, Valkmusa National Park, Sibelius Hall
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Haukipudas Church and Kierikki Stone Age Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Oulu: Raahe Museum (in Raahe), Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi) and Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, have fun at Tietomaa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, and appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu online trip builder .

You can fly from Helsinki to Oulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Oulu to be slightly colder, temps between 21°F and 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Fun & Games Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji, Sampo Icebreaker, Raahe Museum
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann Department Store, then shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along King's Road, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder site .

You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oulu in January since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 17°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

King's Road
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©

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