9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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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.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and then stop by Pien Shop & Bar.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip site.

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 71°F and lows about 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 Wildlife
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The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teijo National Park and Torronsuo National Park. Uto and Nagu Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Turku to go to Poytya and see Kurjenrahka National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and stroll around Kultaranta Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden, Nagu Church, Torronsuo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Torronsuo National Park ©
Torronsuo National Park

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, steep yourself in history at Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, then stroll around 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.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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