16 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Loviisa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Espoo
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Tuusula
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, walk around Fredrika Runebergs Park, get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Söderskärin majakka. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Riimikko, examine the collection at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and finally walk around Runeberg Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porvoo trip itinerary builder app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Porvoo is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Porvoo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Porvoo hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home

2
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, and finally take in the waterfront at Laivasilta. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maretarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Haukkavuori Lookout Tower, then appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and finally make a trip to Svartholm Fortress.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Loviisa trip planning app .

Loviisa is very close to Porvoo. Traveling from Porvoo in December, you will find days in Loviisa are little chillier (-1°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kotka
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Maretarium ©
Maretarium
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Raseborg Castle and then explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, then explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, then take an in-depth tour of Hvittrask, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Espoo online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Loviisa to Espoo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Loviisa in December, you will find days in Espoo are somewhat warmer (2°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Espoo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Raseborg Castle, Hvittrask
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Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

8
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, make a trip to Senate Square, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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Helsinki is just a short distance from Espoo. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tuusula.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vantaa
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tuusula

Tuusula ©
Tuusula is a municipality of Finland. On the 10th (Fri), enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Center, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum, then examine the collection at Lotta Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Halosenniemi Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tuusula journey planning website .

Getting from Helsinki to Tuusula by car takes about an hour. In January in Tuusula, expect temperatures between -4°C during the day and -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tuusula

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Vantaa
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Halosenniemi Museum ©
Halosenniemi Museum
Heureka ©
Heureka
Finnish Aviation Museum ©
Finnish Aviation Museum

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