8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  20​h
1
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Durham

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then stroll through The Archipelago Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning website .

Durham, USA to Turku is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Turku, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in May, you will find days in Turku are cooler (59°F), and nights are little chillier (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

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

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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.
Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Korkeasaari Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Stromforsin ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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