8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Turku Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurlahti Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and then hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aurlahti Beach, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
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.
On the 9th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko and then contemplate the long history of Visavuori.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planning website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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): explore the world behind art 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: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. 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

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

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