17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

17 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland route 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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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Manama

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Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church and then examine the collection at Bonk Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Automobile Museum and then visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uusikaupunki trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Manama to Uusikaupunki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manama in December, things will get cooler in Uusikaupunki: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Turku

— 9 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Turku Castle and Vaski Adventure Island will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: get your bearings at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 3:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Rosala

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Rosala, then see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre, and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rosala sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Rosala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Rosala sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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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