25 days in Helsinki, Turku & Central Finland Itinerary

25 days in Helsinki, Turku & Central Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: St. Petersburg
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 10 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Viitasaari
— 4 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: St. Petersburg

9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Aalto House and Mannerheim Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Porvoo (Runeberg Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), walk around Kaivopuisto, admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, and admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5- hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka, Vantaa, Espoo, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
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The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

10
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from the city and head to Uto and Bellevue Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Nagu (Nagu Church & Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset), Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, pause for some serene contemplation at Koylio Church, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Nagu, Kuusisto Manor, Koylio Church, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Viherlandia, pause for some serene contemplation at Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko), take in the views from Kuokkalan silta, then take an in-depth tour of Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), and finally admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Viitasaari.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
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Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland) ©
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) ©
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
Jyvaskyla Art Museum ©
Jyvaskyla Art Museum

4
nights
Viitasaari

Viitasaari ©
Viitasaari is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Central Finland region. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyha-Hakki National Park and Liikelataamo. Explore Viitasaari's surroundings by going to Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet (in Karstula) and Julmat Lammit (in Saarijarvi). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Nestori and stroll through Sahis Aki resort.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Viitasaari trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Viitasaari takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Viitasaari can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Viitasaari

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saarijarvi, Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet ©
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
Julmat Lammit ©
Julmat Lammit

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