9 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Oulu Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Teijo national park and Kansallisgalleria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Katajanokka, examine the collection at Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Snappertunan kirkko.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Snappertunan kirkko, Teijo national park, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Hupisaaret Park and Nallikari Beach. Visit Kierikkikeskus and Kauppahalli for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with Oulu Climbing Centre, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oulu travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Oulu reach -7°C and lows reach -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Raahe Museum
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Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum

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