8 days in Southwest Finland, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Turku
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Juuma
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Juuma
— 1 night
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
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Turku

— 1 night
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 11th (Mon): head outdoors with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail. On the next day, examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor and then see what you can catch with VMB Fishing.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku route planner.

Joensuu to Turku is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Joensuu in October: highs in Turku hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sara Hilden Art Museum and Finlayson Area. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rauhaniemi Beach and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso and stop by Hameenkatu.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Juuma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches
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Juuma

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

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Explore your travel options from Tampere to Juuma with the Route module. Traveling from Tampere in October, expect nights in Juuma to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 3°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Juuma

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Pyhatunturi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Luosto Adventures.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pyhatunturi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Juuma to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

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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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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.