7 days in Southwest Finland, Southern Savonia & South Karelia Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Finland, Southern Savonia & South Karelia Itinerary

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7 days in Southwest Finland, Southern Savonia & South Karelia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  2​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rosala
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Heinavesi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

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night
Turku

Turku ©
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 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Naantali Church, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip app .

Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Rosala

Rosala ©
On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rosala sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Rosala takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Heinavesi.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums Historic Sites
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Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse

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Heinavesi

Heinavesi ©
Heinävesi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Heinaveden kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery, and then make a trip to Lintula Convent.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Heinavesi online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Rosala to Heinavesi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Heinavesi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Heinavesi

Historic Sites
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Heinaveden kirkko ©
Heinaveden kirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Heinavesi to Savonlinna in 2 hours. May in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De tre korsens kyrka, then head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Imatra route maker website .

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Imatra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Imatra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

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