8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  28​h
1
Tampere
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere travel route planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tampere is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for colder days in Tampere, with highs around 8°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
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 18th (Fri): work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Kultaranta Garden, then make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Let the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, wander the streets of Katajanokka, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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