8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning site.

Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Helsinki is 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to VMB Fishing in Salo (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."