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SouthThe Southern Region - Helsinki and beyond!
What to see & do

The Southern region of Finland is the most urban area in the country. Helsinki, the capital of Finland since 1812, is a modern Scandinavian city with 560,000 inhabitants and plenty of Scandinavian charm, history, culture and architecture. Turku, the oldest city in Finland, is located in the southwest and includes a lovely 20,000 island Archipelago. The region is scattered with charming coastal towns and green countryside just outside the lively cities. Cottages in this region are located either by the sea or inland by one of the lakes.


Summer Attractions

Family funTykkimäki Amusement Park
Children of all ages will love Tykkimäki Amusement Park. The park is one of the largest in Finland and has over 40 rides and games, an animal farm and a reptile zoo.

Turku ArchipelagoTurku Archipelago
A unique myriad of 20,000 islands that form the largest archipelago in the world. You can visit the islands that all have their own character and history along the Viking trading route by car or bicycle using the many small bridges and car ferries that travel between the islands.

Wooden houses by a river in PorvooThe King's Road 
Follows the southern coastline and connects the towns of Naantali, Turku, Helsinki, Porvoo, Hamina, Kotka and Loviisa. Kings, merchants and pilgrims that first used the route in the 14th century, left behind medieval castles, grey stone churches, romantic old ruins and stately manor houses that can be visited today.

Meet the Moomins in the Moomin WorldMoomin World (Naantali)
Moomins were created by the Finnish artist Tove Jansson in 1945. Today the Moomins live on a small island of Kailo just off the pretty seaside town of Naantali. Meet the famous inhabitants of the Moomin Valley and visit the famous Moomin House.

Sea Golf RonnasSea Golf Rönnäs
The 18+9 hole golf course is set in a varied landscape by the sea. The course is said to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in the whole country and is well worth a visit if you enjoy golf and fresh sea air.


Towns to Visit

The capital of Finland is surrounded by the sea and 315 fascinating islands that house romantic seaside restaurants and attractions such as Korkeasaari Zoo
and Suomenlinna Fortress. Other sights include the Senate Square, White Cathedral, Market Square, Old Market Hall, Esplanade shopping and street cafes, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Arctic Ice Bar and Pub Tram that offers sightseeing with a difference!

Turku CastleTurku 
The 775 year old Turku was the capital of Finland until 1812. The city now has a pretty seaside location, the largest castle in Finland, magnificent Cathedral and Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova museum that was built around a medieval city that was found underneath Turku at the beginning of the 1990s.

Porvoo CathedralPorvoo
Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland, now renowned for its unspoilt Old Town and the beautiful Cathedral, surrounded by charming 18th century wooden houses and narrow cobbled streets.

Loviisa was built by the Swedish King Kustaa Adolf and the Old Town dates back to the 1800's. The charming Old Town is known particularly for its fortifications and wooden houses. Take a leisurely cruise to the Svartholma Sea Fortress from the harbour.


Hämeenlinna town has a number of shops, restaurants, art and history museums and the fantastic medieval
Häme Castle, where you can join a tour in English. In Hämeenlinna you can also visit the first home of Jean Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, who spent his childhood in the town.



National Parks

Cranes Torronsuo National Park
A 27km² area that consists of mainly swamps, woods and rocks. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the 4km nature trail or visit the park visitor centre. Bird-watching is also popular in the park, where you can spot willow grouses, geese, cranes and many other species particularly in spring and autumn. 

Turku Archipelago Archipelago National Park
The unique 500km Archipelago National Park in the south western corner of Finland is formed of small rocky islands and larger tree covered islands separated by extensive area of water. You can explore the varied flora and life in the archipelago by following the many nature trails on foot or by taking to the waters by boat. paths nature fascinating.


Lynx Repovesi National Park
The lovely Repovesi National Park consists of clear lakes and rocky, wooded hills. The park offers a number of lovely nature trails for leisurely walks and you may even spot a moose, lynx, pine marten or an otter during your visit.  

Päijänne National Park
The 14km² Päijänne National Park is located in the middle of the second largest lake in Finland, Lake Päijänne, and consists almost completely of areas that can only be reached via waterways. The park forms a small archipelago of steep rocks, sandy ridges and small rocky islands.


Gulf of Finland National Park
The 6.7km² Gulf of Finland National Park consists of 100 wooded islands and smaller rocky islands in an extensive area 60km wide far from the continent and the inhabited islands. The park is known particularly for its varied bird life and past war history. The park can be explored mainly by boat.  


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