8 days in Helsinki, Turku & Aland Island Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Turku & Aland Island Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Mariehamn
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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 28th (Sat): learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Mariehamn

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, and then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Enjoy Helsinki some more: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Aland Island travel guide

3.8
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Landmarks
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.