7 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Uusikaupunki
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Bologna

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki journey builder.

Bologna, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bologna in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Uusikaupunki

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Bonk Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Turku to Uusikaupunki takes 1.5 hours. August in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Southwest Finland travel guide

4.1
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.

Source