8 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Aberdeen, Scotland
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Aberdeen, Scotland

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then view the masterpieces at Gallery A.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Aberdeen, UK to Turku is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. Traveling from Aberdeen to Turku, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Aberdeen in January; daily highs in Turku reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, walk around Sibelius Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
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