18 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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18 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

14
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Arctic Expedition) and Sarkanniemi Theme Park (in Tampere). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Espoo, Vantaa, Laune Central Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You've now added Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the next day, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku travel route planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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