15 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

15 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland travel planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dragsfjard, Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 7 nights
Fly

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Rosala

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rosala road trip planner.

London, UK to Rosala is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rosala due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rosala when traveling from London in May, with lows around 5°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Dragsfjard.

Things to do in Rosala

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Dragsfjard, Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Dragsfjard side-trips: Oro (in Kimito), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Archipelago National Park (in Kimito Island).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dragsfjard road trip tool.

You can drive from Rosala to Dragsfjard in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dragsfjard can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Dragsfjard

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse and then take in the waterfront activity at Katanpaa. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church, then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Uusikaupunki trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Dragsfjard to Uusikaupunki in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Turku

— 7 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Bike Rental - by Carfield, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 23:

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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