9 days in Helsinki, Kuopio & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Kuopio & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lima
Fly:  21 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Lima

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner.

Lima, Peru to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Lima in May, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 18°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio travel planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 31st (Thu), browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku journey maker tool.

Getting from Kuopio to Turku by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip website.

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 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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