9 days in Southern Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Southern Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Southern Finland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Southern Finland
Southern Finland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Southern Finland

Southern Finland

Southern Finland ©
Home to some of Finland's most vibrant cities, Southern Finland brims with cultural and architectural tourist attractions, plus a quirky and lively nightlife scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salpa Line Museum and Kotka Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sibelius Birthplace and Stromforsin ruukki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Southern Finland: Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum) (in Riihimaki), Haemeenlinna (Hame Castle & Hauhon kirkko) and Lotta Museum (in Tuusula). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Southern Finland tour planning website .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Tampere-Pirkkala Airport and Turku Airport. August in Southern Finland sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Southern Finland

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Hamina, The Finnish Railway Museum, Salpa Line Museum, Church of Hollola
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King's Road ©
King's Road
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila


Helsinki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Southern Finland to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral