12 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Fly to Turku Airport, Drive to Naantali
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Kimito, Kimito Island
— 1 night
— 6 nights



— 3 nights
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Turun Kauppahalli. Step out of Naantali to go to Poytya and see Kurjenrahka National Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, hike along The Archipelago Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Naantali trip maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Naantali is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. When traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for slightly colder days in Naantali, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Naantali

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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— 1 night
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pernio day trip planning tool.

Drive from Naantali to Pernio in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Pernio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kimito.

Things to do in Pernio

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Kimito, Kimito Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimito trip planner.

You can drive from Pernio to Kimito in an hour. August in Kimito sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito

Wildlife · Parks
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— 6 nights

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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

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You can drive from Kimito to Helsinki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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.