25 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

25 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Salo
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Salo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 8 nights
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nagu
— 4 nights
Drive to Turku Airport, Fly to Brussels

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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Finnish Museum of Agriculture and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiidenlinna & Sisumetsan Seikkailupuisto (in Somero), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Alpo Jaakola Statuary Park (in Loimaa). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, get some fabulous bargains at Muurla Design Marketing Oy, and don't miss a visit to Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salo route planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Salo is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Salo is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Salo, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Salo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Kimito Island

— 4 nights
Let the collections at Soderlangvik gard and Rosala Viking Centre capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Bengtskar Lighthouse in Rosala (about 3h 30 min away). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Salo to Kimito Island takes an hour. In May in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Turun Taidehallifor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 17:

Uusikaupunki

— 4 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Isokari Lighthouse and Uusikaupunki Old Church. You'll explore and learn at Bonk Museum and Automobile Museum. Step out of Uusikaupunki with an excursion to Katanpaa in Kustavi--about 44 minutes away.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uusikaupunki route planner.

Drive from Turku to Uusikaupunki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Nagu.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

Nagu

— 4 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagu Church and Korpo Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagu: Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas) and Korpo (Jurmo Island, Korpo Weather Radar, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagu road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Nagu takes 2.5 hours. In May in Nagu, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nagu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

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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