12 days in Southwest Finland & Saariselka Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Finland & Saariselka Itinerary

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12 days in Southwest Finland & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour itinerary planner.

Valletta, Malta to Turku is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Valletta in December, things will get much colder in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Uusikaupunki

Uusikaupunki ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse and then examine the collection at Bonk Museum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uusikaupunki day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Uusikaupunki takes 1.5 hours. December in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites Museums
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Isokari Lighthouse ©
Isokari Lighthouse
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum
Uusikaupunki Old Church ©
Uusikaupunki Old Church

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 21st (Mon), look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uusikaupunki to Saariselka. Traveling from Uusikaupunki in December, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church