5 days in Central Finland, Southwest Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

5 days in Central Finland, Southwest Finland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Petajavesi
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Petajavesi
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanko
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Athens

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Petajavesi

— 1 night
Petäjävesi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland, next to Jyväskylä and is part of the Central Finland region. On the 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Church of Keuruu and then admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Petajavesi trip itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Petajavesi is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In December, Petajavesi is colder than Athens - with highs of -2°C and lows of -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Petajavesi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): get advice or help at Turku City Library and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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Getting from Petajavesi to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Petajavesi in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Hanko

— 1 night
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 28th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellevue Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hanko travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Hanko in 2 hours. In December in Hanko, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hanko

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · 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

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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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