9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Rome

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki tour planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Rome, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Old Rauma & Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, admire the striking features of Brinkhall Manor, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turku travel route app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life 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. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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