8 days in Helsinki & Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sun), walk around Kaivopuisto, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

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Kimito Island

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Oro and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Visiting Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen and Bellevue Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kimito Island: Hanko Water Tower (in Hanko), VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg).

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island road trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 9th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning app.

Getting from Kimito Island to Helsinki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

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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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