6 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

6 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Pernio
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Riga

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Kurjenrahka National Park and The Archipelago Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Turku City Library and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku attractions planner.

Riga, Latvia to Turku is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Riga in January since evenings lows in Turku dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik gard and then stroll through Oro.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kimito Island are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
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Pernio

— 1 night
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park.

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

Getting from Kimito Island to Pernio by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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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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