9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rome

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Library of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Helsinki are cooler (24°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Old Rauma & Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku online holiday planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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