9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Turku & Tampere Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Seattle

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.
Pack the 12th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation maker app .

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then have fun at Moomin World, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku route planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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 17th (Fri): meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip planning website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hameensilta ©
Hameensilta

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