Route & dates
Drive + Fly: 9 h 30 min
Helsinki— 5 nights
Drive: 1 h 45 min
Turku— 2 nights
Fly + Drive: 29 h
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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.Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Pihlajasaari Recreational Park and Hietaranta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa) and Kaitalampi (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.
To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planning site.
Swakopmund, Namibia to Helsinki is an approximately 25- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
Fagerö Kaunissaari, Kaitalampi
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House. On your second day here, enjoy the music at Sibeliusmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip builder.
You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Turku
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