8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Frankfurt

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Aurinkolahti Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Castle Hill (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a memorable drive along King's Road, and contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip app .

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Castle Hill, King's Road
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and Bellevue Beach. Visit Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Teijo national park, Bellevue Beach
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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