16 days in Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

16 days in Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
— 1 night
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
— 7 nights
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City



— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Get out of town with these interesting Jyvaskyla side-trips: Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and Korpilahti (Hoyry Galleria & Oravivuori Triangulation Tower). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla, fly down the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla day trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Jyvaskyla is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Jyvaskyla, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect nights in Jyvaskyla to be a bit cooler, around 10°F, while days are colder, around 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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— 1 night
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo National Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pernio online travel route planner.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Pernio in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in January, expect Pernio to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°F and 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

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You can drive from Pernio to Kimito Island in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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— 7 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see VMB Fishing in Salo, approximately Salo away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

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Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Turku sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Central Finland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia


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.