8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland sightseeing planner

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



— 1 night
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly and then stroll through Kurjenrahka National Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pietarsaari trip maker website.

Rapid City, USA to Pietarsaari is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Rapid City to Pietarsaari due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rapid City in February, expect nights in Pietarsaari to be a bit warmer, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kimito.

Things to do in Pietarsaari

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 12:

Kimito, Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Get outdoors at Oro and The Archipelago Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Kimito side-trips: Soderlangvik gard (in Dragsfjard), Turku (Adventure Park, Bike Rental - by Carfield, &more) and Vaski Adventure Island (in Naantali).

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kimito online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pietarsaari to Kimito in 1.5 hours. In February in Kimito, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Kimito

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:


— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church, and then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uusikaupunki trip app.

Drive from Kimito to Uusikaupunki in 2 hours. February in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

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.