13 days in Helsinki, Southwest Finland & Hanko Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Southwest Finland & Hanko Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki, Southwest Finland & Hanko Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Poytya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hanko
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: London

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.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Kimito Island on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get outside with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kimito Island trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku route planner.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Poytya.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Poytya

Poytya ©
Pöytyä is a municipality of Finland located in the Southwest Finland region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. On the 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo, contemplate the long history of Jokioinen Museum Railway, and then steep yourself in history at Alpo Jaakolan Patsaspuisto.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Poytya itinerary planner .

Drive from Turku to Poytya in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Poytya can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Poytya

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo, Alpo Jaakola Statuary Park, Jokioinen Museum Railway
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Jokioinen Museum Railway ©
Jokioinen Museum Railway
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo ©
Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo

2
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Gunnarstrand and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hanko day trip website .

Getting from Poytya to Hanko by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Hanko, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hanko

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fiskars Village, Snappertunan kirkko, Raseborg Castle
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle
Fiskars Village ©
Fiskars Village
Snappertunan kirkko ©
Snappertunan kirkko

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