11 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Pernio
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Newark

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get outside with King's Road, thentake an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

King's Road, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Pernio

Pernio ©
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Teijo National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pernio trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Pernio in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Pernio are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Pernio

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turku Castle. On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinkirkko, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Pargas Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, trek along The Archipelago Trail, thenexamine the collection at Louhisaari Manor, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Pernio to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kultaranta Garden, Louhisaari Manor, Pargas Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 24th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Oro and then take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik Gard. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Archipelago National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard
Oro ©
Oro

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, thentrek along Santalahti Nature Trail, thenwalk around Riverside Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Porvoo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Porvoo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Lahti, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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