8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

8 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
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Nagu
— 1 night
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
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Rosala

Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rosala road trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Rosala is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Rosala, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Rosala reach 59°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
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Nagu

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about all things military at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset and then make a trip to Nagu Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagu trip website.

Drive from Rosala to Nagu in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Turku.

Things to do in Nagu

Museums · Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 23rd (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then walk around Kupittaa Park, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku attractions planner.

You can drive from Nagu to Turku in 1.5 hours. May in Turku sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Kimito Island

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik Gard, then go for a stroll along the water at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then identify plant and animal life at Oro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
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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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