9 days in Helsinki, Espoo & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Espoo & Turku Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Espoo & Turku Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, meet the residents at Helsinki Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki online trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Helsinki is slightly colder than Moscow - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

1
night
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Hvittrask, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkonummen kirkko, and finally head outdoors with Arctic Expedition.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Espoo online vacation builder .

Espoo is just a stone's throw from Helsinki. June in Espoo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Turku.

Things to do in Espoo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kirkkonummi
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Arctic Expedition ©
Arctic Expedition
Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Kirkkonummen kirkko ©
Kirkkonummen kirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Tulliniemi Nature Path and The Archipelago Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bengtskar Lighthouse and Bellevue Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & The Old Town Hall Museum). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, examine the collection at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Espoo to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hanko, Rauma, Bengtskar Lighthouse
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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

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