3 days in Southwest Finland & Kokkola Itinerary

3 days in Southwest Finland & Kokkola Itinerary

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Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Helsinki



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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 24th (Tue): tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online vacation planner.

Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum and then take a stroll through Neristan (Old Wooden Town).

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kokkola trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kokkola in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daytime highs in Kokkola are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.