11 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Pernio
— 1 night
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
— 2 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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, then take 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 combination of car and 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

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinkirkko, then take 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, then examine 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
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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, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then walk 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 · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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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