7 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki Region & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip app.

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 when traveling from Bologna to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Teijo National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo National Park and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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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.