12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland vacation planner

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

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Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Turku University Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Turku tour itinerary builder site.

San Francisco, USA to Turku is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Turku is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get colder in Turku: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island day trip website.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Rosala

— 1 night
On the 11th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse and then examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rosala road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Rosala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Rosala are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

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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