9 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Gdansk
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Gdansk

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. On your second day here, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and then browse the exhibits of Ett Hem Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku online tour itinerary builder .

Gdansk, Poland to Turku is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Church of the Holy Cross, Louhisaari Manor
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Adventure Park ©
Adventure Park
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Santalahti Nature Trail and Aurinkolahti Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Kotka (Kotka Church, Linden Esplanade, & more) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Stromforsin ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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