4 days in Southwest Finland & Kokkola Itinerary

4 days in Southwest Finland & Kokkola Itinerary

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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kokkola
— 1 night
Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Helsinki

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday planner.

Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kokkola

— 1 night
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit 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).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kokkola vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kokkola takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kokkola

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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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