5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Helsinki, Fly to London



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Daughter of the Baltic

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The National Library of Finland and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, see the interesting displays at Military Museum of Manes, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planning app.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get advice or help at Turku City Library, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums
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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."