19 days in Oulu, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

19 days in Oulu, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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19 days in Oulu, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Oulu
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 10 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

5
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Popular historic sites such as Haukipudas Church and Oulu Cathedral are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kemi Church and Tornio Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) (in Kemi) and The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, have fun at Hoplop Oulu, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, and shop like a local with Kauppahalli.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Oulu is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Oulu is 10 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Oulu reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tornio, Kemi, Haukipudas Church
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kurjenrahka National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kupittaa Park. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Oulu to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel ©
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arboretum Mustila and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Popular historic sites such as Stromforsin ruukki and Raseborg Castle are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Evo Hiking Area (in Haemeenlinna). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Raseborg, Riverside Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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