12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
— 1 night
— 7 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to London



— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre, visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse, and then head off the coast to Rosala.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rosala trip planner.

London, UK to Rosala is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rosala. Traveling from London in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rosala, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rosala

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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— 7 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Pargas Lime Stone Quarry in Pargas, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Rosala to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Katanpaa and then enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uusikaupunki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uusikaupunki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.