8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  6 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: London

3
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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and then see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, get engrossed in the history at Visavuori, then steep yourself in history at Palkaneen Kirkko, and finally examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palkaneen Kirkko, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Visavuori
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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