17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Uusikaupunki
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nagu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Go for a jaunt from Uusikaupunki to Kustavi to see Katanpaa about 44 minutes away.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uusikaupunki trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Uusikaupunki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, Uusikaupunki is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Turku

— 9 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 much more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, get advice or help at Turku City Library, and brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 23:

Nagu

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Nagu Church and then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset. On the next day, head off the coast to Jurmo Island and then pause for some serene contemplation at Korpo Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagu travel route planning website.

You can drive from Turku to Nagu in 1.5 hours. July in Nagu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Nagu

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Rosala

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse and then step off the mainland to explore Rosala.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rosala road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagu to Rosala takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rosala are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Nature · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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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