8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Uusikaupunki
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Uusikaupunki
— 1 day
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Madison

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Uusikaupunki

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church and then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uusikaupunki online day trip planner.

Madison, USA to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Madison to Uusikaupunki due to the time zone difference. In October, Uusikaupunki is little chillier than Madison - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
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Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip app.

You can drive from Uusikaupunki to Turku in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Rosala

— 1 night
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rosala online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Rosala takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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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