15 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

15 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Houtskar Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Riyadh

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Turku

— 7 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku City Library and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku day trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Turku is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Turku is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Turku to be colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 18:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Soderlangvik gard and Oro. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

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

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Houtskar Island.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Houtskar Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Borgbergin Observation Tower.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Houtskar Island trip planning tool.

Getting from Kimito Island to Houtskar Island by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Houtskar Island are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Uusikaupunki.
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Automobile Museum and then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uusikaupunki trip planning site.

You can drive from Houtskar Island to Uusikaupunki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Uusikaupunki can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

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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