5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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5 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: St. Petersburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 31st (Mon), head off the coast to Vepsa Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then see the interesting displays at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere journey website .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

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