9 days in Southwest Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
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Kimito Island
— 1 night
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Uusikaupunki
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Newark

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Rosala

On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rosala trip planning app.

Newark, USA to Rosala is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Rosala to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rosala to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. May in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 2 nights
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 6th (Mon): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Uusikaupunki

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Uusikaupunki trip builder site.

Drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uusikaupunki can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Jyvaskyla

— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Craft Museum of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Leivonmaki National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Getting from Uusikaupunki to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Southwest Finland travel guide

4.3
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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Central Finland travel guide

3.9
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

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