8 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: New York City


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 some cultural insight at Ullanlinna and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker app .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Helsinki at 60°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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


Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, then stroll through Runeberg Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Loviisan kirkko, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town