8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

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 outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Nuuksio National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ullanlinna. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park, Linden Esplanade, Arboretum Mustila
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

3
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 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Rauma, Nagu Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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