18 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

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18 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Espoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

10
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Visit Rock Church and Mannerheim Museum for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Tuusula (Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) & Tuusula Church), Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius (in Jarvenpaa) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa, Tuusula, Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius, Söderskärin majakka
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at Gallen-Kallela Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lohjan Pyhan Laurin Kirkko the Church of St Lawrence Lohja.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Espoo trip itinerary maker website .

Espoo is very close to Helsinki. July in Espoo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lohjan Pyhan Laurin Kirkko the Church of St Lawrence Lohja
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Gallen-Kallela Museum ©
Gallen-Kallela Museum

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Porvoo and Marian Kirkko. Visit St. John's Church and Main Building of Military School for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Loviisa side-trips: Kotka (Linden Esplanade, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, & more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Hamina Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and take an in-depth tour of Bunker Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Loviisa trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Espoo to Loviisa takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Kotka, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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