20 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

20 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland travel route planner

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Korpo
— 4 nights
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 9 nights
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Kimito Island
— 4 nights
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Korpo

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korpo: Borgbergin Observation Tower (in Houtskar Island) and Nagu (Nagu Church & Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset).

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Korpo sightseeing planner.

Helsinki to Korpo is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. You will leave for Uusikaupunki on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Korpo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
On the 31st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Automobile Museum. On the next day, take in the waterfront activity at Katanpaa and then visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Uusikaupunki trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Korpo to Uusikaupunki in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Turku

— 9 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku route planner.

Getting from Uusikaupunki to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Turku sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 10:

Kimito Island

— 4 nights
Explore Kimito Island's surroundings by going to Rosala (Rosala & Rosala Viking Centre). Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kimito Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

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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