Between culture and nature in South Finland

Between dramatic coastal landscapes, historic towns and stunning National Parks southern Finland is an ideal holiday location. Visit the Finnish capital and immerse yourself in the heart of this countries interesting history by taking the coastal road to the west. Discover a rich cultural heritage ilustrated by churches, castles and fortresses. Enjoy saunas and wild swimming in the Great Lakes region. This trip includes typical lakeside cottage accommodation so you can enjoy the highlights of Finnish life.


  • Day 1 Welcome to Finland

    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

    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.

    Accommodation: B&B
    Transport: 125 miles (200km)

  • Day 3 Teijo National park

    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.

    Accommodation: B&B

  • Day 4 Turku, former Finnish capital

    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

    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...

    Accommodation: Cabins
    Transport: 185 miles (300 kms)

  • Day 6 Like a local

    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

    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

    Accommodation: B&B
    Transport: 70 miles (115 kms)

  • Day 8 Flight back home

    Flight back home Drive to Helsinki airport, return your rental car and catch your flight

    Transport: 85 miles (140 kms)

This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible.

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Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


For two people: from €675

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
  • Breakfasts
  • Car hire with CDW insurance and unlimited mileage
  • Our detailed guide to the regions specified in the itinerary

Not included

  • Flights
  • Lunches and dinners

Additional Options

  • Reindeer farm visit €30-€40
  • Museum visits: from €9
  • Various optional activities to be confirmed at time of booking


Comfort: 4/5 Comfortable

Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities. This trip uses various accommodation options including hotels, cabins and villas.

Level: 2/5 Moderate

This is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather. You should have a sense of adventure and a positive attitude.

A valid drivers license is needed  to hire and drive a car.

Terms and conditions


Booking a trip with Norwide implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.


Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. Norwide reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.


If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, Norwide require written confirmation of your decision. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:

  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: a sum of €50 per person will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: your deposit, 30% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 20 to 14 days before the departure date: 50% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 13 to 7 days before the departure date: 75% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days before the departure date: 100% of the total trip price will be retained

Special cases:
Please note that, regardless of the date of cancellation or modification if you have agreed to pay for services such as hotel reservations, flights or additional activities, these services are usually non-refundable so additional fees may apply.
  • Fixed airfares: if your airline ticket was issued in advance, often done to avoid significant surcharges, you will be charged 100% of any non-refundable fees if you wish to change or cancel your flight plan.
  • Fixed in-country costs: early charges for firm bookings will be charged if you cancel or modify your trip.
  • Insurance costs: if you have taken out comprehensive or cancellation insurance, the cost of insurance is due and cannot be refunded.

Please note that fees apply according to the date we receive your cancellation or modification request in writing.

If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Modification du contrat

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Norwide may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Prix et révision des prix

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Cession du contrat

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.


Car hire: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance is included in our prices.

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

It is good to know that normally, CDW & SCDW insurance does not cover damage to tyres, windshields, headlight optics or the vehicle's underbody. Similarly, any damage, including damage to the engine, from gravel or excessive speed is not covered by this insurance. Any damage caused to the vehicle from driving in places where passage is forbidden will not be covered by insurance. Optional accessories like car seats or 4G should be reserved in advance. Please contact us if you have any questions or require more information.

Travel insurance: Not included

Practical info


Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional team know Finland inside out. We are here to ensure you have the best possible trip so ask us anything, we love sharing our local knowledge! Please be aware that this is a non-guided, self-drive trip.


Food is not included, you will be able to purchase food at our hotel restaurant, local stores and other cafes... Our detailed guide which accompanies this trip includes lots of recommendations. Breakfasts are included with most accommodation options.


This trip includes car hire.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Finland is the euro. Please budget for the following:
  • Food, personal expenses and drinks
  • Any additional activities/supplements
  • Petrol


We prefer that you do not wear any cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm

Winter in Finland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for activities)

Helpful equipment

We recommend packing:
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Sunglasses and suncream
  • Swim stuff for saunas and water activities
  • A wind/waterproof jacket with hood

You may also consider packing:
  • A camera (and suitable protective case)
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing


You may bring a hold bag (up to 20kg) as well as a cabin bag.

For you hold luggage please bring a soft bag like a ruckack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We also recommend that you pack your clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Do not forget to bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag (25/30L). You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.


You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date.


UK passport holders do not require a VISA to visit Finland which part of the Schengen cooperation.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland lists the accepted travel documents and visa requirements for every country.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks


Between early June and early August, temperatures reach +20°C (+68°F) in the day and sometimes even +30°C (+86°F) (37°C (98.6°F) in Joensuu in July 2010!).

The summer is relatively warm but also very bright - Finland enjoys long sunny days. In the far north, the sun does not set from mid-May to the end of July. In the center and the south, the summer sun shines for 18 to 20 hours.

The temperature of the lake water is between 18 - 24°C, the waters are shallow and warm up quickly with the long sunny days and the good Finnish summer temperatures. The midnight sun is visible in summer in Lapland and in the regions above the Arctic Circle.


Finland uses the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs (50Hz/230 volts)

Local time

Finland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)+2 and observes Daylight Saving Time making it GMT+3 during the summer months


Area:+130502 square miles (+338,000 km2) which consists of around 10% water, 69% forest and only 8% cultivated land
Size: It is the seventh largest country in Europe,+720 miles (1160km) North to South and +335 miles (540km) East to West
Borders: Sweden, Norway, Russia and the coast
There are said to be 187888 lakes here in Finland and 179584 islands including a concentration of islands off the South West coast which forms the largest archipelago in Europe.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

Here in Finland we work in partnership with Metsähallitus to protect Finnish waters and forests - an exclusive agreement which enables us to use the roads of Hossa National Park. Our kennel is cleaned daily and subject to regular veterinary and we work with MyClimate to offset all carbon emissions produced by snowmobiling activities and transfers.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.

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Southern Finland
Discovery Self-guided Summer
8 days
From €840


  • With your own vehicle at your disposal you are completely free to explore this region a with its rich history, stunning scenery and a multitude of things to do
  • Enjoy the Finnish lifestyle with our traditional accommodation options with sauna access
  • Our staff are experts on everything Finland, their knowledge and our detailed guide to the different regions will ensure you get the most from this adventure

Required level

This is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is. 
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