9 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Finland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kimito Island
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Kimito Island
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Turku
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Uusikaupunki
— 1 night
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Pernio
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Kimito Island

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Helsingholm Guest Harbour and then admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Kimito Island is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark to Kimito Island, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Kimito Island to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 21st (Tue), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Uusikaupunki

On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uusikaupunki travel route planner.

Getting from Turku to Uusikaupunki by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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Pernio

Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pernio trip maker.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Pernio takes 2.5 hours. May in Pernio sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

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Helsinki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, then stop by Digelius Music, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Pernio to Helsinki takes 2 hours. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F 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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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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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