8 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h
End: Manchester

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take a stroll through Katajanokka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manchester to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri, then head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Joella. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planning site .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 8th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko, step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, and then shop like a local with Tikanoja Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip itinerary site .

Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tikanoja Art Museum ©
Tikanoja Art Museum
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko ©

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Haihara Art Centre, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel planner .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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