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
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Pernio
— 2 nights
Drive

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Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Step out of Turku with an excursion to VMB Fishing in Salo--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku journey planning website.

Berlin, Germany to Turku is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Turku is 1 hour. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
On the 14th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Archipelago National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island journey planning site.

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Pernio

— 2 nights
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. On the 15th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pernio attractions site.

Getting from Kimito Island to Pernio by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Pernio can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pernio

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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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