12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

12 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Zurich

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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: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Turku is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Turku due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Turku hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Katanpaa in Kustavi (about 44 minutes away).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uusikaupunki trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Uusikaupunki takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Uusikaupunki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Rosala

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse and then step off the mainland to explore Rosala. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rosala trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Uusikaupunki to Rosala in 3.5 hours. In August in Rosala, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

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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