20 days in Southwest Finland, Parola & Helsinki Itinerary

20 days in Southwest Finland, Parola & Helsinki Itinerary

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20 days in Southwest Finland, Parola & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  18​h
Salo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Korpo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Naantali
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Parola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: Madison

2
nights
Salo

Salo ©
Salo is a town and municipality of Finland.It is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southwest Finland region. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Teijo national park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at The Old Water Tower of Ekenas, then get engrossed in the history at Ekenas Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy, and finally make a trip to Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salo tour planner .

Madison, USA to Salo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Madison to Salo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Salo is little chillier than Madison - with highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Korpo.

Things to do in Salo

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Raseborg, Pernio
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Ekenas Museum ©
Ekenas Museum

2
nights
Korpo

Korpo ©
Step out of the city life by going to Jurmo Island and Kokar. Step off the beaten path and head to Korpo Church and Nagu Church. Step out of Korpo with an excursion to Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset in Nagu--about 34 minutes away.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Korpo travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Salo to Korpo takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Uusikaupunki on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Korpo

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagu, Kokar
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Jurmo Island ©
Jurmo Island
Kokar ©
Kokar
Korpo Church ©
Korpo Church

3
nights
Uusikaupunki

Uusikaupunki ©
Step out of the city life by going to Isokari Lighthouse and Kuuskajaskari. Step off the beaten path and head to Herrainpaivat Beach and Yyterin Nakotorni. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uusikaupunki: Rauma (Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum & Ruokapuoti Lumo).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uusikaupunki trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Korpo to Uusikaupunki in 3.5 hours. July in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naantali.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Pori
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Isokari Lighthouse ©
Isokari Lighthouse
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari
Uusikaupunki Old Church ©
Uusikaupunki Old Church

4
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Step out of the city life by going to Kurjenrahka National Park and Vepsa Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Archipelago Trail and Kupittaa Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naantali trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Uusikaupunki to Naantali in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Naantali

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Turku, Kurjenrahka National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with Archipelago National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island trip planner.

You can drive from Naantali to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Parola.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Oro ©
Oro
Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Helsingholm Guest Harbour ©
Helsingholm Guest Harbour

2
nights
Parola

Parola ©
Parola is a town in the municipality of Hattula in Finland. You've now added Parola Tank Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauhon kirkko.

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You can drive from Kimito Island to Parola in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Parola can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Parola

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Rapola Ridge
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Hameenlinna Art Museum ©
Hameenlinna Art Museum
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Design Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday website .

Getting from Parola to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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