7 days in Helsinki, Porvoo & Tampere Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki, Porvoo & Tampere Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki, Porvoo & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Helsinki. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, then stop by Riimikko, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka, revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, and finally walk around Runeberg Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Porvoo are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

Getting from Porvoo to Tampere by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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