14 days in Southwest Finland & South Karelia Itinerary

14 days in Southwest Finland & South Karelia Itinerary

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14 days in Southwest Finland & South Karelia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  12​h
1
Rosala
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Uusikaupunki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Barcelona


1
day
Rosala

Rosala ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rosala holiday maker app .

Barcelona, Spain to Rosala is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get a bit cooler in Rosala: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums Historic Sites
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Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse

1
night
Nagu

Nagu ©
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sjalo church, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nagu Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagu road trip planning website .

You can drive from Rosala to Nagu in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Nagu

Museums Historic Sites
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Nagu Church ©
Nagu Church

1
night
Uusikaupunki

Uusikaupunki ©
On the 4th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uusikaupunki day trip planner.

You can drive from Nagu to Uusikaupunki in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Uusikaupunki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. Get outdoors at The Archipelago Trail and Vepsa Island. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Pargas Church (in Parainen) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uusikaupunki to Turku in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden, Pargas Church, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kimito Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De tre korsens kyrka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lammassaari Island, and then get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Lappeenranta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo

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