11 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

11 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland vacation maker

Make it your trip
Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Turku
— 5 nights
Kimito Island
— 4 nights



— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku online tour planner.

London, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In March, Turku is slightly colder than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kimito Island

— 4 nights
Explore Kimito Island's surroundings by going to Rosala (Rosala Viking Centre & Bengtskar Lighthouse). Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island travel route app.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. March in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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.