9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki Region & Turku Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
foot + Fly:  16​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati


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 Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Venture out of the city with trips to Lotta Museum (in Tuusula), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius (in Jarvenpaa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip site .

Cincinnati, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius, Cathedral of Porvoo, Lotta Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then examine the collection at Marela Museum House, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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