14 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

14 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland planner

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

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Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church and then visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum and then examine the collection at Bonk Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uusikaupunki trip builder website.

Exeter, UK to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Exeter to Uusikaupunki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

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 an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 12:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kimito Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Rosala

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rosala driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Rosala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

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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