8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurlahti Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Aurlahti Beach, 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
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko and then take an in-depth tour of Visavuori.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tampere using our trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 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'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Pyhan Birgitan kirkko ©
Pyhan Birgitan kirkko

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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): get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planning tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. 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 Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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