8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Kimito Island
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Charlotte



— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and The Archipelago Trail. Let the collections at Kylamaki Village of Living History and Louhisaari Manor capture your imagination. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Nagu Church in Nagu, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, get outside with Bike Rental - by Carfield, and contemplate the long history of Brinkhall Manor.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning app.

Charlotte, USA to Turku is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Turku due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Turku, ranging from highs of 27°F to lows of 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Kimito Island

— 1 night
On the 25th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik gard and then stroll through Oro.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church and then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uusikaupunki day trip planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Uusikaupunki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.