17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland sightseeing planner

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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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Pernio
— 4 nights
Drive

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Turku. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:

Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse and then take in the waterfront activity at Katanpaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Uusikaupunki vacation planner.

Getting from Turku to Uusikaupunki by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Uusikaupunki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Dragsfjard.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Dragsfjard, Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Explore Dragsfjard's surroundings by going to Oro (in Kimito), Archipelago National Park (in Kimito Island) and Salo (Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat & Mathildedalin Kylapanimo).

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dragsfjard trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Dragsfjard takes 2.5 hours. In October in Dragsfjard, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Dragsfjard

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Pernio

— 4 nights
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Go for a jaunt from Pernio to Rosala to see Bengtskar Lighthouse about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Teijo National Park. There's more to do: explore the different attractions at Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pernio trip planner.

Drive from Dragsfjard to Pernio in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Pernio are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Pernio

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 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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