Between culture and nature in South Finland
Day 1 Welcome to Finland
Arrival at Helsinki airport where a rental car is waiting for you. Spend the evening at leisure exploring Helsinki.
Helsinki, also called the Baltic daughter by finnish people, is surrounded by nature and rocked by the breeze of the Gulf of Finland. It is a dynamic city, clean, with impressive architecture and lots of vegetation.
Accommodation: Hotel in city-center
Day 2 Helsinki / Ekenäs/ Hankö / Mathildedal
Today, we suggest driving along the Kings road to Hanko: This road was formerly used by kings and merchants who were travelling between Norway and Russia. Traces of Finlands history are evident along this route, a country located at the crossroads between the East and West. Make a detour to Ekenäs to go walking in the old town, here you will also have the oportunity to admire the archipelago of 1,300 islands that surrounds the city. The peninsula is lovely, from here you can enjoy the Finnish coast. Late afternoon arrival in Mathildedal where you will stay for the next two nights.
Transport: 125 miles (200km)
Day 3 Teijo National park
A day to explore the area surrounding your accommodation, do not hesitate to rent a motor boat, a fishing rod or a bike! It is possible to organise boat trips to the islands for today. Mathildedal is at the edge of Teijo National Park, we recommend hiking along the paths coloured by wild berries and mushrooms.
Day 4 Turku, former Finnish capital
Take the road through Halikko bay which immerses you in that unique Norwegian fjord atmosphere. Discover the surrounding area of Turku and enjoy the bird life of its 20000 islands. Maybe you will see guillemots, eiders, terns and gulls nesting in the area... You can take the 'road of the archipelago' tour (155miles/250 km) through the islands where people speak Swedish and Finnish. This archipelago has been inhabited for centuries by fishermen, lighthouse keepers and sailors, there were even once smugglers! Discover beautiful natural landscapes and rocky islets covered with shrubs and lichens. Observe postal ships, water taxis and shuttles which cruise through the waters bring food and other supplies. You can rent kayaks to fully explore this beautiful place and there are many museums worth visiting - in particular those in ancient sailboats.
Accommodation: Villa in the area
Transport: 90miles (145 kms)
Day 5 The heart of the wilderness
Before heading inland we recommend stopping at the small port of Naantali for a stroll in this charming old city. You can walk along the coastline up to Rauma and its ancient city which is now a UNESCO heritage site. Todays scenic drive passes Finnish parks with forests, lakes, rivers and serenity. Traditional saunas are also part of this magic scenery...
Transport: 185 miles (300 kms)
Day 6 Like a local
Wish to try the Finnish art of living? Rent fishing equipment, enjoy the tranquility of the Finnish lakes and catch a pike or two before taking to the sauna. There are two stunning National Parks within close proximity to you today: Helvetinjärvi and Seitseminen - both well worth a visit!
Day 7 Tampere
After a nice break in the forest, drive to Tampere, a city full of surprises. Then, take the road to the south to Akaa for a final stop in a charming B & B
Transport: 70 miles (115 kms)
Day 8 Flight back home
Drive to Helsinki airport, return your rental car and catch your flight
Transport: 85 miles (140 kms)
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Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- Accommodation:a range of luxury options including traditional cabins, luxury villas and hotels
- Car hire with CDW insurance and unlimited mileage
- Our detailed guide to the regions specified in the itinerary
- Lunches and dinners
- Reindeer farm visit €30-€40
- Museum visits: from €9
- Various optional activities to be confirmed at time of booking
Comfort: 4/5 Comfortable
Level: 2/5 Moderate
Additional Options & Accessories:
- An additional driver
- Super Collision Damage Waiver Insurance (SCDW)
- Sand and Ash Damage Waiver Insurance (SADW)
- Gravel Protection Insurance (GP)
- The GP, SADW & SCDW insurance package
- 4G Wifi
- A child car seat, various sizes and options available:
- A booster seat, compulsory for children up to 150cm
Budget & exchange
- Food, personal expenses and drinks
- Any additional activities/supplements
Our advice for keeping warm
- No cotton
- Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- Wear multiple layers including:
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for activities)
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Sunglasses and suncream
- Swim stuff for saunas and water activities
- A wind/waterproof jacket with hood
- A camera (and suitable protective case)
- Blister plasters
- Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
- Be prepared
- Stick to trails and camp overnight right
- Stash your trash and pick up waste
- Leave it as you find it
- Be careful with fire
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors