9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Turku
— 5 nights
3
Helsinki
— 1 night

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.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip site.

Minneapolis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. 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
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uto and Kurjenrahka National Park. Nagu Church and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel will appeal to history buffs. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Torronsuo National Park (in Tammela) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, 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 fly. 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

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

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, 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 fly. 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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