14 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

14 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
— 1 day
Drive
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Korpo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poytya
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Rosala

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rosala trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rosala is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Rosala reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Korpo.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

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Korpo

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Korpo Weather Radar, head off the coast to Jurmo Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nagu Church, and finally make a trip to Korpo Church. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset, head off the coast to Kokar, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Borgbergin Observation Tower.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Korpo tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Rosala to Korpo takes 4 hours. December in Korpo sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Poytya.

Things to do in Korpo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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Poytya

Pöytyä is a municipality of Finland located in the Southwest Finland region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Poytya online trip maker.

Drive from Korpo to Poytya in 3 hours. December in Poytya sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Poytya

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Poytya to Turku takes an hour. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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Kimito Island

Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 1st (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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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