9 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

9 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at Automobile Museum, then see the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Katanpaa and then enjoy the sea views from Isokari Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Uusikaupunki trip maker site.

Turku to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In December in Uusikaupunki, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head off the coast to Rosala, visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse, and then examine the collection at Rosala Viking Centre.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Rosala day trip tool.

Drive from Uusikaupunki to Rosala in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rosala can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rosala

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Kurjenrahka National Park. Visit Brinkhall Manor and Pargas Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Nagu (Maritime Exhibition Sjofartshuset & Nagu Church) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, walk around Kupittaa Park, and see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rosala to Turku takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kimito Island

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Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour and then identify plant and animal life at Oro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island journey builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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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.