2 days in Southwest Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

2 days in Southwest Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Salo
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Dubai



Salo is a town and municipality of Finland.It is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southwest Finland region. To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salo trip maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Salo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dubai to Salo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get cooler in Salo: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. You will leave for Kotka on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Salo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours
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— 1 night
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka visit planning site.

You can drive from Salo to Kotka in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · 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.