8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
End: London

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 27th (Thu), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then stop by Ideapark, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Tampere, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Turku travel route planning tool.

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Market Square Kauppatori. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Stockmann Department Store, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip tool.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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