11 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
— 1 night
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naantali
— 6 nights
Drive to Turku Airport, Fly to Manchester

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Rosala

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre, then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse, and then head off the coast to Rosala.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rosala itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Rosala is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, Rosala is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rosala

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Explore Kimito Island's surroundings by going to Salo (Muurla Design Marketing Oy & VMB Fishing). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kimito Island online trip planner.

You can drive from Rosala to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. In May in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naantali.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Naantali

— 6 nights
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Naantali is known for fun & games, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naantali day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Naantali takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 15:

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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