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: Melbourne
Fly:  28​h
1
Tampere
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere vacation planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tampere is minus 8 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Melbourne in May since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel ©

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.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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