9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  30​h
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then get a taste of the local shopping with Laukko Manor, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, and finally stop by Keittioelamaa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tampere is minus 8 hours. In December, Tampere is colder than Sydney - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Tuusula to see Halosenniemi Museum about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take a stroll through Katajanokka, shop like a local with Galleria Lapinlahti, and view the masterpieces at Okra.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Halosenniemi Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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