6 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

6 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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6 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  5​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Mumbai

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Tampere is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tampere. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, Tampere is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku driving holiday planning site .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
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.
On the 5th (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, then kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off tohome.

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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