24 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

24 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland trip itinerary planner

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Turku
— 9 nights
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Uusikaupunki
— 3 nights
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Pernio
— 2 nights
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
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Rosala
— 2 nights
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Houtskar Island
— 1 night
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Nagu
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 9 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Martinkirkko. For shopping fun, head to Gallery A or Muurla Design Marketing Oy. Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Pargas (Pargas Lime Stone Quarry, Pargas Church, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Uto, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, see what you can catch with VMB Fishing, and stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

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Tallinn, Estonia to Turku is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 10:

Uusikaupunki

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isokari Lighthouse and Katanpaa. You'll explore and learn at Bonk Museum and Automobile Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uusikaupunki trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Uusikaupunki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Pernio on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Pernio

— 2 nights
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pernio day trip app.

Getting from Uusikaupunki to Pernio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Pernio

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Oro and Helsingholm Guest Harbour. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island route planner.

Drive from Pernio to Kimito Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Rosala

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Rosala and then examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rosala trip maker.

Drive from Kimito Island to Rosala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Houtskar Island.

Things to do in Rosala

Nature · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Houtskar Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Borgbergin Observation Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Houtskar Island trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rosala to Houtskar Island in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Houtskar Island can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagu.
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Nagu

— 3 nights
Get in touch with nature at Lenholm Conservation Area and Jurmo Island. Popular historic sites such as Nagu Church and Korpo Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagu: Korpo (Korpo Weather Radar & Skargardscentrum Korpostrom Archipelago Centrum).

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Houtskar Island to Nagu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Nagu, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

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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