8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Cincinnati

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Porvoo Museum/Holm House capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius (in Jarvenpaa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinkirkko, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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