8 days in Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport



— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 12th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church, and finally admire the striking features of Kuokkalan kartano.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Jyvaskyla is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Jyvaskyla. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Jyvaskyla are little chillier (59°F), and nights are much colder (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Turku City Library. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Turku in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Turku sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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— 1 night
On the 18th (Sat), examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

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You can drive from Turku to Rosala in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
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Central Finland travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
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


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.