22 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

22 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland vacation planner

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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 8 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pernio
— 3 nights
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Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Archipelago National Park and Oro.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Newark, USA to Kimito Island is an approximately 108-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Kimito Island is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in July: high temperatures in Kimito Island hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Uto and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry. Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Pargas Church (in Pargas) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip site.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 8:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isokari Lighthouse and Automobile Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Uusikaupunki Old Church and Bonk Museum. Step out of Uusikaupunki with an excursion to Katanpaa in Kustavi--about 44 minutes away.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uusikaupunki tour planner.

You can drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Nagu

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lenholm Conservation Area, then make a trip to Nagu Church, and then brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Jurmo Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Korpo Church, and then don't miss a visit to Skargardscentrum Korpostrom Archipelago Centrum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagu road trip app.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Nagu takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Nagu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Rosala

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rosala sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Nagu to Rosala by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Rosala, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 15th (Thu), you're off to Pernio.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Pernio

— 3 nights
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pernio trip planner.

You can drive from Rosala to Pernio in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Pernio are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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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