7 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
London:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip maker .

Amsterdam, Holland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki is 1 hour. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
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 9th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Archipelago Trail, get your game on at Moomin World, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku attractions planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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