9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, stroll the grounds of Hietaniemi Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and then look for gifts at Pien.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary app .

Omaha, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Omaha in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Kallio Church ©
Kallio Church
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teijo National Park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Visiting Kurjenrahka National Park and Torronsuo National Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Nagu to see Nagu Church about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uto, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagu Church, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden, Torronsuo National Park, Teijo National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, then head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and finally admire the striking features of Johannes Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill and then get outside with Arctic Expedition.

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

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castle Hill, Arctic Expedition
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Haagan Alppiruusupuisto ©
Haagan Alppiruusupuisto
Johannes Church ©
Johannes Church
Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi ©
Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi

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