9 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southwest Finland planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Rosala
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Rosala
— 1 day
Drive
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Nagu
— 1 night
Drive
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Uusikaupunki
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive

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Rosala

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre and then enjoy the sea views from Bengtskar Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rosala trip planning site.

Durban, South Africa to Rosala is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Durban in October: high temperatures in Rosala hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nagu.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Nagu

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): learn about all things military at Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nagu Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagu trip website.

Drive from Rosala to Nagu in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Nagu are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Uusikaupunki.

Things to do in Nagu

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Uusikaupunki

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uusikaupunki journey planner.

Getting from Nagu to Uusikaupunki by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Biological Museum and Ett Hem Museum. You'll explore and learn at Kylamaki Village of Living History and Louhisaari Manor. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Uusikaupunki to Turku in 1.5 hours. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
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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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