23 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

23 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland visit planner

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Fly to Turku Airport, Drive to Pargas
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Pargas
— 2 nights
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Rosala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
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Pargas

— 2 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Pargas Lime Stone Quarry and Jurmo Island. Pargas / Parainen Local History Museum and Kuusisto Bishop's Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Pargas' surroundings by going to Nagu (Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset & Nagu Church).

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pargas tour app.

Detroit, USA to Pargas is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Pargas. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in June: high temperatures in Pargas hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Pargas

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Rosala

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rosala journey website.

You can drive from Pargas to Rosala in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to Salo.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:

Salo

— 3 nights
Salo is a town and municipality of Finland.It is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southwest Finland region. The Finnish Museum of Agriculture and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teijo National Park and Muurla Design Marketing Oy. Step out of Salo to go to Somero and see Hiidenlinna & Sisumetsan Seikkailupuisto, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mathildedalin Kylapanimo and make a trip to Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Salo using our trip planner.

You can drive from Rosala to Salo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Salo

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
You'll explore and learn at Bonk Museum and Automobile Museum. Get some historical perspective at Isokari Lighthouse and Uusikaupunki Old Church. Change things up with a short trip to Katanpaa in Kustavi (about 44 minutes away).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uusikaupunki trip planner.

Getting from Salo to Uusikaupunki by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Uusikaupunki can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Turku Cathedral and Martinkirkko will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, enjoy the sea views from Uto, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 12:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Oro.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island route planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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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