8 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Naantali
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Naantali

— 2 nights
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Attractions like Turku Castle and Vaski Adventure Island make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Naantali travel itinerary planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Naantali is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In August in Naantali, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, make a trip to Senate Square, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning app.

Getting from Naantali to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

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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