4 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

4 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland planner

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Drive to Cardiff International Airport, Fly to Turku
— 1 night
Kimito Island
— 2 nights



— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get interesting insight from Bike Rental - by Carfield, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

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Bristol, UK to Turku is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Turku is 2 hours. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Theme Parks

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Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik Gard, then identify plant and animal life at Oro, and then take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see what you can catch with VMB Fishing, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, and then don't miss a visit to Mathildedalin Ruukkitehtaat.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kimito Island trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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.