5 days in Helsinki & Vantaa Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Vantaa Itinerary

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5 days in Helsinki & Vantaa Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  15​min
2
Vantaa
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
End: Helsinki

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 24th (Fri): wander the streets of Katajanokka, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker site .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Vantaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

3
nights
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
On the 26th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Flamingo Entertainment Center, then get curious at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vantaa road trip site .

Vantaa is just a short distance from Helsinki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Flamingo Entertainment Center
Flamingo Entertainment Center
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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