9 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Turku, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
Fly:  19 h
1
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
End: Denver

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Take a break from the city and head to Teijo National Park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle and enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker.

Denver, USA to Turku is an approximately 18- hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Turku due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in August: high temperatures in Turku hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Teijo National Park, Old Rauma, Pargas Lime Stone Quarry
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 8th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere attractions planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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.
Attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, walk around Sibelius Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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