One-Week Finland Road Trip from Turku to Tampere, Lahti, and Helsinki

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Duration
8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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7 nights included
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8 days included
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 8-day road trip through Finland that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Turku, Jänessaari, Tampere, Lahti, Kotka, and Helsinki. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Finland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Turku, 1 night in Tampere, 1 night in Lahti, and 3 nights in Helsinki. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Finland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Turku, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Finland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Finland. Linnanmäki and Kauppatori are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Turku, Jänessaari, Tampere, Lahti, Kotka, and Helsinki, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Finland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Finland.

Throughout your road trip in Finland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Finland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Finland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Finland today!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Helsinki cityscape with Helsinki Cathedral and port, FinlandHelsinki / 3 nights
Jänessaari
Lahti - city in FinlandLahti / 1 night
Kotka - city in FinlandKotka
Early autumn morning panorama of the Port of Turku, Finland, with Turku Castle at background.Turku / 2 nights
Aerial view of the Tampere city at sunset. Tampella building. View over Tammerkoski river in warm sunlight.Tampere / 1 night

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Photo of Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most popular amusement park, located in the Alppila quarter of Helsinki.Linnanmäki
Photo of scenic summer panorama of the Market Square (Kauppatori) at the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland.Market Square
Senate Square, Kruununhaka, Southern major district, Helsinki, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandSenate Square
Photo of Statue of JL Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, at Esplanadi park avenue in Helsinki, Finland.Esplanadi park
Photo of aerial View of Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland.Temppeliaukio Church
Photo of Helsinki Cathedral over city center in spring, Finland.Helsinki Cathedral
Photo of Turku Castle is the largest medieval building in Finland, Turku, Finland.Turku Castle
Photo of art gallery Ateneum. Museum of Finnish, international art.Ateneum
Museum of Contemporary Art KiasmaMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Photo of the Kaivopuisto park and Harakka island on the background, Helsinki, Finland.Kaivopuisto
Photo of Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral Church in Katajanokka district of the Old Town in Helsinki, Finland.Uspenski Cathedral
Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandPyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower
Photo of Sibelius Monument (artist Eila Hiltunen, 1967) dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki Sibelius Park, it consists more than 600 hollow steel pipes, Helsinki, Finland.Sibelius Monument
Photo of Vapriikki Museum, Tampella building. View over Tammerkoski river in warm sunlight, Tampere, Finland.Museum Centre Vapriikki
Photo of Natural History museum is located next to Finnish parliament building and attracts tourists all year long, Helsinki, Finland.Finnish Museum of Natural History
Finlayson Factory Area, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandFinlayson Factory Area
Kupittaa Park, Kupittaa, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKupittaa
Hatanpää Park Arboretum, Tampere, Tampereen seutukunta, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandHatanpää Park Arboretum
Photo of Turku Cathedral in Turku, Finland.Turku Cathedral
Koskipuisto ParkKoskipuisto
Photo of great Public park Sapokka in Kotka town, Finland.Sapokka
Katariina Seaside Park, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandKatariina Seaside Park‎
Botanic Garden of Turku, Ruissalo, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandBotanic Garden of Turku
The Old Great SquareOld Great Square
Photo of the new sea museum Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, Finland.Maritime Centre Vellamo
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge, Kotka, Kotkan–Haminan seutukunta, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLanginkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
Lönnrots park, VI, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandLönnrots park
Aurajokiranta, II, Keskusta, Turku, Turun seutukunta, Southwest Finland, South-Western Finland, Mainland Finland, FinlandAurajokiranta

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Day 1

Day 1 – Turku - arrival day

  • Turku - Arrival day
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  • Kupittaa
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Welcome to Turku, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Finland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in Turku's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Turku is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Kupittaa or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Turku. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Finland. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Turku. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Discover the culinary delights of Turku by securing a reservation at Kaskis. Esteemed for its 1-star Guide Michelin recognition, this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of modern cuisine. Alternatively, Ravintola Masala beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider Smör. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Turku tonight.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Bar Edison, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Rento, a bar catering to every mood and preference. Pikku Havanna likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in Finland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Turku, Jänessaari, and Tampere

  • Tampere
  • Jänessaari
  • Turku
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Drive 180 km, 2 hours 43 min

  • Botanic Garden of Turku
  • Turku Castle
  • Old Great Square
  • Turku Cathedral
  • Lönnrots park
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 2 of your road trip in Finland. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Jänessaari, and Turku. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Tampere, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Turku Castle. This extraordinary castle has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 9,121 visitors.

Next, make your way to Old Great Square. This square is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 2,058 reviews.

While in Turku, we also recommend a visit to Turku Cathedral. This lutheran cathedral has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,025 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Lönnrot’s Park / Lönnrotinpuisto / Lönnrotsskvären. With an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 408 travelers, this park is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Turku.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Jänessaari.

Make Botanic Garden of University of Turku your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 2,447 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Tampere. Tampere offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As you explore more of Tampere, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Vaakon Nakki, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Sailor's Bar & Grill? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Zeytuun as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Tampere.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into Thrasherie Bar. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes. Alternatively, Huurupiilo offers a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for a glass or two. Don’t overlook Moro Sky Bar, another top-rated bar in the area.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Finland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Tampere, and Lahti

  • Lahti
  • Tampere
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Drive 145 km, 2 hours 31 min

  • Finlayson Factory Area
  • Koskipuisto
  • Museum Centre Vapriikki
  • Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower
  • Hatanpää Park Arboretum
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in Finland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Tampere. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Lahti. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Finlayson Area. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 5,162 visitors.

Koskipuisto is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,840 visitors.

Museum Centre Vapriikki is also highly recommended by travelers. More than 185,000 people visit this top attraction every year. This museum has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,185 visitors.

Pyynikki Coffee Shop & Observation Tower is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This cafe is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,254 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Hatanpää Park Arboretum. This park has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,864 travelers.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Lahti, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Lahti. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Pancho Villa Lahti, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Asemapäällikkö konditoria is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Coppa Eatery. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Lahti tonight.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Bar & Bistro Lahti. Alternatively, go to Tirra, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, Wanha Mestari provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Finland!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Lahti, Kotka, and Helsinki

  • Helsinki
  • Kotka
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Drive 262 km, 3 hours 30 min

  • Katariina Seaside Park‎
  • Sapokka
  • Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Finland. Today you will explore Kotka, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Helsinki. You’ll stay here for 3 nights.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Lahti, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Kotka may take around 1 hour 37 min. Upon your arrival in Kotka, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Katariina Seaside Park‎. This park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Kotka, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,436 visitors.

Sapokka is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,859 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Maritime Centre Vellamo. Visitors have rated this maritime museum an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,890 reviews.

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge is another unique site you can experience today. This attraction is a museum rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 1,753 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Helsinki, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Helsinki. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Discover the culinary delights of Helsinki by securing a reservation at Palace. Esteemed for its 2-star Guide Michelin recognition, this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of modern cuisine. For an alternative dining experience, try Olo, renowned for its delicious modern dishes. This esteemed 1-star Michelin-recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. Craving more culinary excitement? Head to Demo, a highly recommended local eatery celebrated for its mouthwatering modern menu. With its 1-star Michelin recognition, it offers an unforgettable dining adventure.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Base Bar is an excellent place to start. You could also check out One Pint Pub, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Liberty or Death. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Helsinki

  • Helsinki
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Drive 3 km, 50 min

  • Uspenski Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Esplanadi park
  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
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Day 5 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Helsinki has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Helsinki by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Journey into the unknown at Uspenski Cathedral, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable eastern orthodox cathedral has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,716 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Kauppatori is a recommended place to visit. This market square is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 26,148 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Helsinki is Esplanadi park. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 12,380 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Helsinki offers an experience you will remember.

Senate Square is another popular stop on travelers' itineraries in Helsinki. This sightseeing destination promises memorable moments of exploring. Other travelers have rated this attraction 4.5 out of 5 stars in 19,379 reviews.

Lastly, don't miss out on Helsinki Cathedral. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,060 local and international travelers, it's a popular place to visit.

Your discoveries in Helsinki do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Helsinki on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Helsinki's best restaurants.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Lappi Ravintola, a top-rated dining destination in Helsinki. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Restaurant Vltava, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Ravintola Karl-Johan Oy. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Helsinki this evening.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Kaisla, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Beaver Bar is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Praha also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Finland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Helsinki

  • Helsinki
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Drive 12 km, 39 min

  • Linnanmäki
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Kaivopuisto
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Day 6 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Helsinki for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Linnanmäki. This much-appreciated amusement park is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 26,571 reviews.

Next up is Sibelius Monument. This sculpture has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 6,272 visitors.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Kaivopuisto. This neighbourhood of helsinki has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,806 reviews.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Helsinki's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Löyly Helsinki, a highly-rated dining destination in Helsinki. If you're eager to try something different, consider Ravintola Nokka, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Hotel Kämp. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Helsinki this evening.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at The Riff, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to Roasberg. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down.

Head back to your accommodation in Helsinki and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Helsinki, and Turku

  • Turku
  • Helsinki
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Drive 169 km, 2 hours 23 min

  • Ateneum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
  • Finnish Museum of Natural History
  • Temppeliaukio Church
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Finland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Helsinki. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Turku, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Make Ateneum one of your first sightseeing stops in Helsinki. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,952 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area. This art museum attracts 400,000 visitors every year.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This museum is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 7,331 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Finnish Museum of Natural History. This natural history museum has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,700 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, head to Temppeliaukio Church. A trip to this popular cave church is also your opportunity to see if it lives up to the reputable 4.4 out of 5-star rating as given by 12,801 previous visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Turku. Turku offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Turku's best restaurants.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Panimoravintola Koulu, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Delhi Darbar offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Viking Restaurant Harald is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Turku.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Bar4, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Uusi Apteekki Pub is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, Walo Rooftop Bar is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Say good night to Turku and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Finland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Turku - departure day

  • Turku - Departure day
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  • Aurajokiranta
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Day 8 of your road trip in Finland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Turku before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Finland by visiting Turku’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Finland.

Journey into the unknown at Aurajokiranta, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 279 reviews.

Before you conclude your road trip in Finland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Turku.

You’ll then say farewell to Turku. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Finland!

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