10 Day Trips From Helsinki, Finland

The capital of Finland since the early 19th century, Helsinki is known for its charming waterfront location, Art Nouveau architecture, and easy-going vibe. Tourists are drawn to this laid back Finnish city that also boasts of a reliable public transport system.

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This makes for easy traveling to places outside of the capital. From massive nature parks to medieval towns, art villages to open-air museums — here’s a look at some of the best day trips from Helsinki, Finland.

10 Day Trips From Helsinki, Finland

1. Tallinn


Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which was founded in the early medieval times and is the oldest capital in Northern Europe. It is among the best and most scenic day trips from Helsinki, as it’s only 80 kilometers to the south.

A fascinating mix of both old and new – Tallinn has trendy neighborhoods as well as historical attractions. Make sure you see the picturesque Old Town, known as one of the best-preserved Hanseatic centers in the world.

There’s also the Kohtuotsa viewing platform on the northern side of Toompea hill, which offers sprawling views of the Old Town, the modern city center and even the Gulf of Finland. During the summer.

On a sunny day, climb up the ‪St. Olav’s Church tower and observation area‬ for another stunning perspective of Tallinn. This city also has a number of good restaurants, eateries, and cafés which are much cheaper than in Helsinki so make sure you check them out.

To make this day trip possible, check the schedule as there are several daily ferry connections between Helsinki and Tallinn, and it’s recommended to set out early to make the most of your visit.

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2. Porvo


Around 50 kilometers east of Helsinki is the quaint medieval city of Porvoo, which is a popular destination for both tourists and Finns.

Known for its idyllic old houses and cobblestone streets, a visit here is like being in another older era. This place dates back to the late 1300s when it was established as a town, while most of the houses are from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Aside from its picturesque streets and house, some of the places you must visit when in Porvoo are the‪ J. L. Runeberg’s home‬ – which is the oldest home museum in Finland and a tribute to its national poet; its many ‪art galleries‬ and the ‪Postimäki Outdoor Museum‬, which is about how the craftsmen lived in the 19th century.

There’s also the National Urban Park with its numerous hiking trails if you’re into outdoor activities or you can also go canoeing at the Porvoo River. Before you end this amazing day tour from Helsinki, be sure to try the Runeberg’s cake, a traditional Finnish cake created in Porvoo in the 19th century.

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3. Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio National Park

A day trip from Helsinki that’s not too far from the Finland capital is the Nuuksio National Park, where you get to enjoy a typical Finnish scenery of wild woods and pretty lakes. It is located in the adjacent cities of Espoo, Kirkkonummi, and Vihti and very accessible via public transport from Helsinki.

This well-kept nature park has trails suited for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, so you can easily explore it and discover maybe a hidden lake or pond. You can also pick berries or mushrooms if you want, and explore the woods beyond the trails.

Nuuksio National Park has facilities and amenities like toilets, cooking areas, campfire pits and the like so you can also stay here longer for a picnic or camp.

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4. Suomenlinna


A definite must-see in the Finnish archipelago is the Suomenlinna island fortress. One of the best day tours from Helsinki, this island fortress boasts of 18th-century military architecture, history, and culture.

Home to only 800 residents, quaint cafes and restaurants, Suomenlinna is also a district of Helsinki.

This is also a UNESCO World Heritage site so camping and campfires are not allowed, but you can pack a picnic and bring it here. This is a great destination any time of the year but it’s more crowded during summer so plan your trip if you want to fully enjoy your stay.

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5. Seurasaari


Situated on a beautiful island just a few kilometers from the heart of Helsinki is this fascinating open-air museum called Suerasaari. This is where you get to experience rural life in the Finnish countryside, a massive place for fun and learning.

This place is made up of 87 buildings that represent each province of Finland, Each structure that showcases the traditional Finnish way of life is either a cottage, farmsteads or manors from the past four centuries that were relocated from all over Finland.

Each of these contains furniture, traditional items, and dresses to fully introduce visitors to Finnish life and culture. The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is a unique and fascinating Helsinki day trip that should definitely be in your itinerary.

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6. Sipoonkorpi


A destination that’s more popular among those who enjoy outdoor activities, Sipoonkorpi National Park is one of the best Helsinki day tours. A walk around this diverse parkland takes you through forested areas that hide some rock formations.

These formations were from glaciers that melted during the ice age and often referred to as ‘The Trolls’, The Sipoonkorpi National Park also has bogs, lakes, marshes, and pastoral lands, as well as a variety of flora and fauna that you’ll encounter as you wander through the park.

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7. St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

Another amazing day trip from Helsinki that takes you to put of Finland in St. Petersburg, the most beautiful and most European among all Russian cities.

Easily accessible via ferry or train, this glorious city’s architecture screams art, culture and a rich history Exploring this glorious city seems like a daunting task given how there’s a lot to see.

The Hermitage alone takes more than a week to see each art piece on exhibit, but a trick would be to just see the main pieces. It’s best to leave Helsinki early, then aside from the Hermitage or Winter Palace, make sure to take your time walking along Nevsky Avenue to the Palace Square to take in the city sights.

Other places that you could squeeze in your St. Petersburg day trip are the enormous St. Isaac Cathedral, the fairytale-like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Russian Museum and the stunning Palace bridge.

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8. Tampere

tampere finland

A completely different landscape and vibe but an exciting one, nonetheless, is Tampere, the center of culture in Finland. Known for its dynamic lifestyle and a variety of cultural experiences, Tampere is also home to some of the most exciting events such as the Tampere Film Festival and the musical Blockfest.

You can also enjoy some family-friendly places here like The Sarkanniemi Amusement Parkland museums like the Amuri Museum of Worker’s Housing, the Police Museum, and the Tampere Art Museum.

Before ending your day or heading to dinner, be sure to visit the massive Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower for stunning views over Tampere.

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9. Turku


Only a couple of hours away from Helsinki is the former capital of Finland, Turku. Established in the early 13th century, Turku (or Åbo in Swedish) is the oldest city in Finland.

Rich in traditions and formerly a center of the country’s commercial and spiritual life until the Russians made Helsinki the new capital.

In 1827 a fire raged through Turku, which consumed about 75% of the entire town. This is the reason why there isn’t much to be seen in the city’s 700-year history. There are still some lovely places to visit here though such as the 13th century Turku Castle and the impressive Turku Cathedral.

A walkable city, Turku is a must-visit for its intriguing history and a worthwhile day trip from Helsinki.

10. Fiskars Village

Fiskars Village

Fiskars is the perfect day tour from Helsinki if you’re interested in Finland’s industrial history, or simply curious about this place that’s named after the popular manufacturer of top-notch kitchenware and tools.

Before Nokia, Finland was known for Fiskars, and this was since 1649 until the 1980s when Fiskars moved most of its operations to larger facilities elsewhere in Finland and the United States.

Today, Fiskars Corporation still owns much of the village, where it has encouraged artists, designers, and their families to settle.

Known for its bucolic charm, a walk around Fiskars takes you through tree-lined paths by a river that meanders through the village, 19th-century villas and old wooden buildings. These buildings used to be Giskars workshops that were converted into art studios.

This is such a laid back area that’s a great respite from the more active excursions in this list, and surely one of the best Helsinki day trips.

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