8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Tokyo

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temppeliaukion Church and The Esplanadi Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki journey site .

Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. You'll explore and learn at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Kylamaki Village of Living History. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum & Old Rauma). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find out how to plan a trip to Turku, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

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