6 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
End: Turku

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Söderskärin majakka as well as Porvoo Old Town. On the 11th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Old Market Hall, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Beaches
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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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 15th (Mon), take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip tool .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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