12 days in Helsinki, Vantaa & Porvoo Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Vantaa & Porvoo Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki, Vantaa & Porvoo Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
train:  15​min
2
Vantaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Porvoo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Helsinki

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Turku (Turku Castle & Bike Rental - by Carfield). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vantaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Turku, King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then get some fabulous bargains at Fazer Experience Visitor Centre. On your second day here, engage your brain at Heureka, then see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Pyhan Laurin kirkko, and finally walk around Kuusijarvi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vantaa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Vantaa is very close to Helsinki. In October, daytime highs in Vantaa are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Heureka ©
Heureka
Pyhan Laurin kirkko ©
Pyhan Laurin kirkko

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 9th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Sibelius Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, then revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porvoo trip maker app .

Drive from Vantaa to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotka
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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