16 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

16 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Turku Airport
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Turku
— 7 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dragsfjard, Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 3 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, get your game on at Moomin World, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online tour planner.

Birmingham, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Turku is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in September; daily highs in Turku reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 8:

Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse and then go for a stroll along the water at Katanpaa. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church, see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uusikaupunki road trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Dragsfjard.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Dragsfjard, Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Archipelago National Park (in Kimito Island), Oro (in Kimito) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dragsfjard road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Dragsfjard takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Dragsfjard

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Rosala

— 3 nights
Rosala is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse and see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rosala trip planning tool.

You can drive from Dragsfjard to Rosala in 1.5 hours. In September in Rosala, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

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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