8 days in Helsinki, Aland Island & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Aland Island & Turku Itinerary

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Helsinki
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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 striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip website.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Mariehamn

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 24th (Sat), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle and then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Turku

— 1 night
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 26th (Mon): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
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Aland Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.