7 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

7 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 1 day
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pernio
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

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Kimito Island

— 1 day
On the 1st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Archipelago National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island online trip planner.

Lyon, France to Kimito Island is an approximately 33-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Lyon to Kimito Island is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in August; daily highs in Kimito Island reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Naantali Old Town and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. The adventure continues: stroll through The Archipelago Trail, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Pernio

— 2 nights
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park. On the next day, make a trip to Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pernio trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pernio in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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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