21 days in Tampere, Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

21 days in Tampere, Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— Few hours
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Cross Church and Vankilamuseo. Birthplace of Jean Sibelius and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see The Parola Armour Museum in Parola, approximately Parola away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Tampere. In May, Tampere is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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Kimito Island

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kimito Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turku online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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Uusikaupunki

On the 21st (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse and then go for a stroll along the water at Katanpaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

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Drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uusikaupunki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

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Nagu

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lenholm Conservation Area, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nagu Church, and then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Skargardscentrum Korpostrom Archipelago Centrum, make a trip to Korpo Church, and then step off the mainland to explore Jurmo Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagu travel planning app.

Getting from Uusikaupunki to Nagu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Nagu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

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Rosala

Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre, and then head off the coast to Rosala.

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You can drive from Nagu to Rosala in 3.5 hours. In May in Rosala, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rosala

Nature · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Galleria Lapinlahti. Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Finnish Aviation Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Brunberg Candy Factory Shop) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's lots more to do: stop by Katajanokka, make a trip to The National Library of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and identify plant and animal life at Paavolan Tammi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rosala to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 3:

Southwest Finland travel guide

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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.

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