22 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

22 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Kimito Island
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Turku
— 10 nights
Fly to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Drive to Kingston

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Kimito Island

Get outdoors at Archipelago National Park and Oro. Explore hidden gems such as Helsingholm Guest Harbour and Rosala Viking Centre. Take a break from Kimito Island with a short trip to Muurla Design Marketing Oy in Salo, about 54 minutes away.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kimito Island road trip planning website.

Kingston, Canada to Kimito Island is an approximately 108-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kingston in May: high temperatures in Kimito Island hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 3:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Cathedral and The Archipelago Trail. Bring the kids along to Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Flowpark Turku. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Pargas (Pargas Lime Stone Quarry & ArtBank), Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and step off the mainland to explore Uto.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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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