10 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Southwest Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Turku Airport
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
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Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 21st (Thu), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then stop by Naantali Old Town, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church. On the next day, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planning website.

Newark, USA to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Turku. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Turku reach 64°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi tour itinerary planning app.

Fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Turku in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Levi: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Shopping · Museums
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Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 24th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo driving holiday tool.

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Before you visit Saariselka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Saariselka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.