16 days in Turku, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Turku, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Turku, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki & The Church of the Holy Cross), Koylio Church (in Koylio) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor, and take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku online vacation builder .

Sydney, Australia to Turku is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Turku is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Turku to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park, Naantali Old Town, Koylio Church, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Visit Salgrund Pilot Station and Skata for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Huutoniemen kirkko. Take a break from Vaasa with a short trip to Kuddnas Museum in Uusikaarlepyy, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Stundars Museum and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Vaasa vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Turku to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Skata, Stundars Museum, Kuddnas Museum, Salgrund Pilot Station
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Skata ©
Skata
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko ©
Huutoniemen kirkko ©
Huutoniemen kirkko

6
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kallio Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Hame Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Hameenlinna, Maritime Centre Vellamo, Arboretum Mustila, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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