10 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Tue), browse the collection at Turku City Library. On your second day here, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku road trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Turku is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Turku. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in July since evenings lows in Turku dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip planner .

You can drive from Turku 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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