17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
— 1 night
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 8 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Detroit

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Rosala

— 1 night
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre, then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse, and then step off the mainland to explore Rosala.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rosala day trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Rosala is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Rosala due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect Rosala to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rosala

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rosala to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 3:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Katanpaa and then enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uusikaupunki vacation website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Uusikaupunki takes 1.5 hours. September in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

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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