8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Turku

— 6 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 Bike Rental - by Carfield and Vepsa Island. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get your bearings at Turku City Library, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku online trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Turku is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Turku. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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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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